Ryan to Trump: ‘We need to get to know each other’

May 11, 2016

A day before Paul Ryan was set to meet with Donald Trump, the Republican House Speaker told a press conference at the Capitol what he thought about party unity and his party’s presumptive nominee.

Some of Ryan’s comments:

On withholding endorsement of Trump

“To pretend we’re unified without actually unifying, then we go into the fall at half strength. This election is too important to go into an election at half strength. That means we need a real unification of our party.”

On past encounters with Trump

“I don’t really know him (Trump).  I met him once in person  in 2012. We had a very good conversation in March on the phone. We just need to get to know each other.”

On uniting the GOP

“There is plenty of room for different policy disputes in this party. We come from different wings of the party. The goal here is to unify the various wings of the party around common principles so we can go forward unified.”

On former Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson

“First of all, Ben Carson is a great guy. Ben Carson is just trying to provide a constructive role. He wants to be a force to help all the various wings of the Republican Party and the conservative movement to come together and he’s trying to play a constructive role.”

Reporting by Eric Beech



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