Ryan: Trump said he wants me at convention

Presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald TrumpDonald TrumpKinzinger says Trump 'winning' because so many Republicans 'have remained silent' Our remote warfare counterterrorism strategy is more risk than reward Far-right rally draws small crowd, large police presence at Capitol MORE asked Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanPaul Ryan researched narcissistic personality disorder after Trump win: book Paul Ryan says it's 'really clear' Biden won election: 'It was not rigged. It was not stolen' Democrats fret over Trump-district retirements ahead of midterms MORE (R-Wis.) to stay on as chair of the party's national convention in July, Ryan said Thursday.


“I am the Speaker of the House. I am happy to serve in this capacity as the chair of our convention if our presumptive nominee wants me to do so,” Ryan told reporters shortly after he met with Trump Thursday.

“It’s the delegates that technically make that decision, but I would honor the decision of our nominee, and he did express that interest.”

Ryan said last week he would resign as convention chair if Trump asked him to, after the Speaker said he was “not ready” to endorse the presumptive nominee.

Ryan and Trump signaled unity after their Thursday morning meeting, saying in a joint statement that they are “totally committed to working together to achieve that goal.”

Ryan added that he was “very encouraged” by the meeting.

But the Speaker declined to endorse Trump for president, saying that reunifying the GOP after a divisive primary “takes some time.”