U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan says he is ''encouraged by the beginning of the process'' but says more meetings need to happen with presidential nominee Donald Trump to ensure Republican party unity. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan says he is "encouraged by the beginning of the process" after speaking with Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump this past week, but says differences remain. "We're beginning the process of discussing what unity looks like in the Republican party. And as I said before, this takes some time. This isn't done with a couple of meetings. This takes some time. Our teams are meeting next week to go over the deeper meaning of the policies we've been talking about," said Ryan while in Green Bay, Winconsin for the 2016 State Republican Convention on Saturday (May 14). Trump's day in Washington, Thursday, was aimed at laying to rest some of the concerns that persist among Republicans about his incendiary tone and some policy proposals at odds with party doctrine. The New York billionaire, who needs the party behind him to bolster his chances at winning the Nov. 8 election, has vowed to build a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico, deport 11 million illegal immigrants, temporarily ban Muslims from entering the country and impose trade protectionist policies. Trump held an hour-long session with Ryan, who as speaker of the House of Representatives is the top U.S. elected Republican and can hold sway with many establishment Republicans leery of Trump. "Donald Trump should be given a ton of credit for advancing and widening the playing field. He is bringing new voters to the Republican party by the millions and that's very impressive. What we want to make sure going forward, is that we're doing nothing but adding voters to the Republican party column and not doing anything that subtracts voters going forward," said Ryan. Party leaders are normally eager to rally around a presidential nominee to combine forces for the battle leading up to the general election. But Ryan has withheld his endorsement of Trump out of concern over the businessman's conservative credentials.