Media and protestors swarmed Capitol Hill this morning for a meeting between Donald Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan. The meeting, held at the Republican National Committee headquarters, was said to be set with the goal of discussing differences and bridging gaps in the wake of Ryan claiming he wasn’t ready to endorse the presumptive GOP nominee. Let’s have a look at how different sides are covering this meeting today.
Snippets from the Right
“A source inside the first meeting also described it as ‘very positive’ and a ’good step toward achieving party unity.’ According to the source, Trump and Ryan discussed a range of policy issues. The source would not characterize, though, whether Ryan was ‘there’ yet on Trump himself.
But the source provided an unvarnished assessment to Fox News: ‘No B.S. Very helpful.’
…On Wednesday, explaining his hesitation about outright endorsing Trump, Ryan said he wanted to pursue ‘real unification’ among Republicans after a hotly contested primary campaign. ‘We cannot afford to lose this election to Hillary Clinton,’ Ryan said at a news conference Wednesday.”
Snippets from the Left Leaning
“‘Trump owes his candidacy to the Republican leader [McConnell] and to the policies that he’s led,’ Reid said.
...Josh Earnest, the White House press secretary, said he read Ryan and Trump’s joint statement ‘with amusement’ and commented: ‘I don’t know anybody here who’s going to lose any sleep over the meeting.’
Earnest told reporters: ‘Speaker Ryan has described his view that the entire Republican party, including the presumptive nominee, should rally behind the agenda that Speaker Ryan has put forward. I think the reason he may be encountering some difficulty is he’s the speaker of the House. He should be implementing that agenda already.’”
Snippets from the Center
“Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus -- who helped broker the meeting -- told CNN's Dana Bash the meeting was ‘great,’ and ‘a good first step toward unifying our party.’
‘This was not a usual election, it was a very contentious, tough primary,’ he said. ‘I think they had very good chemistry between the two of them.'Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told reporters his meeting with Trump was ‘constructive’ and that they spoke about a ‘variety of things, both campaign related and issues.’ ”