Here is the joint statement that was released following the meeting between House Speaker Paul Ryan and presumptive Republican Party nominee Donald Trump following this morning’s meeting:
The United States cannot afford another four years of the Obama White House, which is what Hillary Clinton represents. That is why it’s critical that Republicans unite around our shared principles, advance a conservative agenda, and do all we can to win this fall. With that focus, we had a great conversation this morning. While we were honest about our few differences, we recognize that there are also many important areas of common ground. We will be having additional discussions, but remain confident 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. We are extremely proud of the fact that many millions of new voters have entered the primary system, far more than ever before in the Republican Party’s history. This was our first meeting, but it was a very positive step toward unification.
This is about what I would have expected (i.e. “we had a great conversation this morning”, we “remain confident there’s a great opportunity to unify our party and win this fall” and, my personal favorite, “This was our first meeting, but it was a very positive step toward unification.”
If Ryan and Trump agree that “it’s critical that Republicans united around our shared principles, advance a conservative agenda, and do all we can to win this fall” I would like to see a joint statement of those shared principles and said conservative agenda should they meet again.
Yet even if Ryan and Trump do release a joint statement outlining their shared principles and conservative agenda, I don’t have much confidence in Trump adhering to it. This after all is a man who changes his positions by the hour be it on abortion, immigration or taxation. When it comes to joint statements, it takes two. Paul Ryan sees the Republican Party as the Party of Liberty while Donald Trump sees the Republican Party as the Party of Trump.