Trump, Republican leaders hold ‘positive’ talks in Washington


WASHINGTON: Presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump fell short of winning an endorsement from House Speaker Paul Ryan Thursday (Friday in Manila) but both men said they had taken a “positive step” toward unifying the party behind the billionaire’s remarkable White House run. Trump, facing a critical early test of his general election candidacy, met with Ryan to air their differences, and with other Republican leaders.
Despite several Republicans acknowledging deep fissures within the party about a standard-bearer whose policies often stray from conservative orthodoxy, Trump emerged from the meetings sounding optimistic about a rapprochement. “Great day in D.C. with @SpeakerRyan and Republican leadership. Things working out really well!” he said on Twitter. In a joint statement afterward, Trump and Ryan called their meeting a “positive step toward unification” and stressed the party’s paramount goal is to defeat Democrat Hillary Clinton in November. The real estate mogul, who has never run for elective office before, also met with top Senate Republicans, including Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who has offered his support of Trump.


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