Presumptive presidential nominee Donald Trump meets with U.S. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan in hopes of winning the support of the powerful speaker and other Republican leaders. Diane Hodges reports.
Presumptive presidential nominee Donald Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan are hoping to find a way to heal the rifts that currently divide the Republican party. Party leaders are normally eager to rally around the presidential nominee in order to unite forces for the general election battle. But Trump's fiery rhetoric has alienated many Hispanics and women, two segments of the population that Republican leaders have worked hard to cultivate. That's has prompted many prominent Republicans to declare that they will not support his nomination. Ryan will want to find a balance between accepting Trump, as the nominee and keeping some distance from him, just in case the real estate mogul's campaign ends in disaster. One of his objectives will be to provide political cover for his 246 House Republicans, and allow them to choose whether to support Trump, depending on their home districts' politics, and ensure that Republicans maintain their hold on the body. The meeting is not expected to lead to an immediate endorsement by Ryan. Nor is it expected to result in any change in the tactics and positions that have carried Trump to the cusp of the Republican presidential nomination.