This article appeared online at TheNewAmerica.com on Friday, May 13, 2016:
“Unification” appeared to be the underlying theme of the conversation between Donald Trump (and his aides) and House Speaker Paul Ryan (and his aides) on Thursday, according to their joint statement issued afterwards:
While we were honest about our few differences, we recognize there are many important areas of common ground. We will be having additional discussions but remain confident [that] there’s a great opportunity to unify our party and win this fall and we are totally committed to working together to achieve that goal.… This was our first meeting but it was a very positive step toward unification.
Later Ryan said that this “unification” process is going to take awhile: “This is a process. It takes a little time. You don’t put it together in 45 minutes.… I don’t want us to have a fake unification process here.”
Trump tweeted afterward: