According to a new report, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is set to meet with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and other Senate GOP leaders this coming Thursday.
Despite various high-profile senators expressing their unwillingness to support Trump as the GOP nominee, such as Sen. Lindsey Graham, McConnell has swallowed his reservations and has declared his intention to endorse Trump for president.
The meeting will take place at the headquarters of the Senate GOP leaders, which is located near the Capitol.
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On the same day, Trump is also scheduled to meet with Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, who has gone on record as being unwilling to support the presumptive GOP nominee at this time.
Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus will be present at the meeting between Trump and Ryan, presumably to help the two reconcile their differences.
This comes after Ryan expressed his intention to withhold his support for Trump, despite earlier comments expressing his intention to back whomever the nominee might be.
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“I’m just not ready to do that [support Trump] at this point. I’m not there right now,” said Ryan in an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper.
Trump responded to Ryan’s comments by saying, “I am not ready to support Speaker Ryan’s agenda. Perhaps in the future we can work together and come to an agreement about what is best for the American people. They have been treated so badly for so long that it is about time for politicians to put them first!”
As it stands, Trump is having a difficult time rallying members of the GOP whom he alienated during his primary campaign. From elected officials to Washington insiders to Republican voters, if Trump wishes to secure a victory over the Democrats, he must mend fractures within the party first.
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