Ryan: ‘I Was Very Encouraged with What I Heard from Donald Trump Today’

Thursday on Capitol Hill after his meeting with the presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) declared he was “very encouraged” by his meeting with Trump.

Ryan said, “I think we had a very encouraging meeting. It’s no secret Donald Trump and I have had our differences. We talked about those differences today. That’s common knowledge. The question is, what is it we need to do to unify the Republican Party and all strains of conservative wings in the party. We had a very good and encouraging conversation on how to do just that. It was important we discussed our differences that we have and also important that we discussed the core principles that tie us all together. Principles like the Constitution, the separation of powers, the fact that we have an executive that is going way beyond the boundaries of the Constitution and how it’s important to us to restore Article One of the Constitution.

“It’s the principle of self-government,” he continued. “We talked about life and how strongly we feel about this core principle. We talked about the Supreme Court and things like this. I was very encouraged with what I heard from Donald Trump today. I do believe that we are now planting the seeds to get ourselves unified, to bridge the gaps and differences. And so from here we’re going to go deeper into policy areas to see where that common ground is and how we can make sure that we’re operating off the same core principles. And so yes, this is our first meeting and I was very encouraged with this meeting but this is a process. It takes a little time. You don’t put it together in 45 minutes. that is why we had a very good start to a process on how we unify.”

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