Paul Ryan ‘encouraged’ after meeting with Donald Trump

Paul Ryan and Donald Trump pledged Thursday to work together to defeat Democrat Hillary Clinton in the fall general election — though the Republican House speaker again stopped short of formally endorsing his party’s presumptive presidential nominee.

“The United States cannot afford another four years of the Obama White House, which is what Hillary Clinton represents,” Ryan and Trump said in a joint statement issued after their private meeting. “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.”

Ryan and Trump also said they were “honest about our few differences,” and more discussions will be scheduled. They said they “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.”

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