It’s been the subject of much talk this week and now it’s over. Presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan have just released a statement updating the American public on their highly-anticipated meeting today.
If you were looking for a big “a-ha” or dramatic outcome, it ain’t there. In fact, one has to wonder if Trump supporters will bristle at the very — shall we say — politically correct tone of the statement.
“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,” Trump and Ryan said. “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.”
Hardly a whiff of The Donald’s trademark brash, straight talk that’s resonating with so many voters. And yet Republicans of all stripes should be applauding an important step forward to uniting to beat the ultimate opponent this fall: Hillary Clinton.
The Hill elaborates:
“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,” the joint statement said.
It fell short of an endorsement of Trump by Ryan, who shocked many Republicans a week ago by saying he was not yet ready to get in line behind the man expected to clinch the GOP nomination in coming weeks.
Ryan had signaled ahead of the meeting that an endorsement at this time was unlikely, saying in one interview that it would take more than one week to unify the party.
The statement echoed talking points sent earlier in the day to Trump surrogates that emphasized the need to defeat likely Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.
Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus, who brokered the meeting, also attended.
Trump arrived at RNC headquarters Thursday morning for two meetings, one with Ryan and Priebus and another with House leadership.
While the joint statement may have lacked Donald Trump’s flair, it represents an important step forward.
And we need to see more. As Col. West wrote earlier today, in advance of the meeting, here’s what we need to look for from this team moving forward:
Donald Trump and Paul Ryan need to start the beginning of a winning strategy. They need to start getting on the same sheet of music and set the conditions for a restorative vision for America. They need to speak as one going forward by finding the common ground.
This policy and legislative agenda has to be rooted in the fundamental principles of this Constitutional Republic — limited government, fiscal responsibility, individual sovereignty/liberty, free market economy, and strong national security.
They need to create a team that begins putting together our tax, economic, monetary, regulatory and spending reforms. They need to structure the 21st century American energy security portfolio. They need to have a plan on a true free market solution for healthcare and better education opportunities. America as a sovereign nation needs a secure border. And we MUST reinvigorate our national security and have a foreign policy that advances restoring American regard and respect.
That is how you unify. It’s not about empty rhetoric; it’s about a plan that can be disseminated and executed.
Today may be at least the pair starting to get on the same sheet of music…
[Note: This article was written by Michelle Jesse, Associate Editor]