Paul Ryan Still Not Endorsing Trump After Meeting: I Won’t ‘Fake’ Unity

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May 12, 2016 11:59 a.m.

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) repeatedly emphasized in a Thursday press conference that his meeting with Donald Trump was just the start of the party’s unification process, and again declined to say when or if he would endorse the presumptive GOP nominee.

While Ryan said the 45-minute sit-down at the RNC headquarters was “positive” and “encouraging,” he said wasn’t ready to lend his full support to the real estate mogul.

“It’s very important that we don’t fake unifying, we don’t pretend unification, that we truly and actually unify so we are full strength in the fall,” he said in the press conference. “I want to make sure that we really, truly understand each other.”

The Wisconsin congressman remained mum on specifics about his conversation with Trump, saying only that they discussed the Supreme Court vacancy and the Constitution. He emphasized that their talk was “personal, in some senses” and would remain between the two of them.

“I think it’s important that the kind of conversation we had is between the two of us and no offense, but I don’t want to litigate our conversation through the media because I think when you’re beginning to get to know someone, you have a good conversation of trust between each other,” Ryan told reporters.

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