One day before U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan is set to meet the presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, Ryan says the party is still not unified enough to warrant his endorsement of the billionaire. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan on Wednesday (May 11) said the Republican party was still not unified enough to warrant his endorsement of this year's likely Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. Ryan has invited Trump to meet on Thursday with Ryan and other congressional leaders on Capitol Hill to try to unite the party with both men focused on the Nov. 8 presidential election. A key part of the conversation is sure to be Trump's combative, in-your-face campaign persona and Republican leaders' requests for him to tone it down, but political analysts said Ryan will have other considerations in mind, as well. Trump has said he would like House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan to chair the party's July convention. Ryan will want to find a balance between accepting Trump, 69, 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 so they can choose to embrace or run away from Trump, depending on their home districts' politics, with the goal of preserving control of the House, analysts said.