House Speaker Paul Ryan says he wants ''real unification over our common principles and policies'' with Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, who Ryan says is ''getting the nomination.'' Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) With Donald Trump leading the Republican presidential race, House Speaker Paul Ryan is stressing the need for GOP unification ahead of the fall election. "We all realize that to pretend party unification after one of the most divisive primaries in memory, is to go into the fall at half strength. That is why what we want is real unification over our common principles and policies that we all agree with and believe in," said Ryan, following a meeting with members of the House Republican leadership on Tuesday (May 17). Trump held an hour-long session with Ryan last week. As speaker of the House of Representatives, Ryan is the top U.S. elected Republican and can influence many establishment Republicans leery of Trump. Trump's day in Washington 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. When asked by a reporter, Tuesday, who Ryan trusts more to lead the Republican party, the Speaker quickly yielded to Trump. "I hope it's Donald Trump, he's getting the nomination," he said.