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Pro, anti-Trump voices debate if, when meeting with Paul Ryan means party can unify




US Speaker of the House Paul Ryan addresses his weekly briefing after meeting Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on May 12, 2016.
US Speaker of the House Paul Ryan addresses his weekly briefing after meeting Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on May 12, 2016.
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Donald Trump, Speaker Paul Ryan, and RNC chairman Reince Priebus met on Capitol Hill Thursday morning as part of a series of meetings the Republican frontrunner is holding with congressional leaders throughout the day.

With Priebus operating as the “bridge” between Ryan and Trump, the goal was to try and get everyone on the same page heading into this summer’s Republican National Convention in Cleveland.

Speaker Ryan said after the meeting that he was encouraged by the tone of their talks but that more would be needed if the party is going to unify. He adds that the next steps will be to dig deeper into the policy differences between Trump and Whether or not that will happen has been a subject of debate, especially after Speaker Ryan’s recent announcement that he wasn’t yet ready to support Mr. Trump as the GOP nominee.

What is the path forward for unity in the Republican Party? What are anti-Trump voices saying about the Republican establishment trying to work with Trump?

Guests:

Eli Stokols, national politics reporter at POLITICO covering the GOP 2016 field; he tweets @EliStokols

John Feehery, Republican strategist and President of Quinn Gillespie Communications and a columnist for The Hill; he tweets @JohnFeehery

Judson Phillips, founder of Tea Party Nation and writer for the Washington Times; he tweets @JudsonPhillips