Ryan declines to endorse Trump after meeting

Ryan declines to endorse Trump after meeting
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Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis Ryan Retirees should say 'no thanks' to Romney's Social Security plan California Governor Newsom and family dress as 2020 Democrats for Halloween DC's liaison to rock 'n' roll MORE (R-Wis.) declined to endorse Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpGOP senators balk at lengthy impeachment trial Warren goes local in race to build 2020 movement 2020 Democrats make play for veterans' votes MORE after a meeting Thursday morning, though he said he was “encouraged” by what he heard from his party’s presumptive presidential nominee.

During a press conference, Ryan was asked directly if he was prepared to endorse Trump. In response, he talked about how the process of unifying the GOP is just beginning.

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“The process of unifying the Republican Party, which just finished a primary about a week ago, perhaps one of the most divisive primaries in history, takes some time.”

Noting that Republican lawmakers had backed a number of different candidates in the race, Ryan said “it’s very important that we don’t fake unifying, that we don’t pretend unification, that we truly and actually unify so that we’re full-strength in the fall.”

“I want to make sure that we really and truly understand each other and that we are committed to the conservative principles that make the Republican Party, that built this country.”

Ryan also sought to downplay the differences he has with Trump on policy.

“There are policy disputes that we will have, there’s no two ways about it,” he said. “Plenty of Republicans disagree with one another on policy disputes. But on core principles, those are the kinds of things we discussed, and again, I’m encouraged.”

The Speaker was later pressed again by a reporter for a straight answer on whether he would endorse Trump.

“I think this is going in a positive direction and I think this was a first, very encouraging meeting, but again, in 45 minutes you don’t litigate all the processes and all the issues and the principles that we’re talking about,” he said.

Ryan stunned the political world last week when he said he wasn’t ready to endorse Trump despite his status as the party’s presumptive nominee.