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May062016

GOP Leadership Sets Meeting with Donald Trump Next Thursday

Win McNamee/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- House Speaker Paul Ryan has invited Republican presumptive presidential nominee Donald Trump to meet with the House Republican leadership next Thursday morning, Ryan tweeted Friday.

In a separate gathering, Trump is also expected to meet with Ryan and Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus, according to Ryan's political office.

 

 

The scheduled meetings represent a stark transformation in tone after Trump and Ryan sparred publicly the past 24 hours.

"I hope to support our nominee, I hope to support his candidacy going forward," Ryan said in an interview with CNN on Thursday. "I'm just not ready to do that at this point. I'm not there right now."

A short time later, the presumptive Republican nominee responded with his own dig at the most powerful elected Republican in the country.

"I am not ready to support Speaker Ryan's agenda," Trump wrote in a statement Thursday. "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!"

The leadership meeting next week will include Ryan, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Majority Whip Steve Scalise and Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers, according to Ryan's political office and House Republican leadership sources.

The meeting is set to be held at the RNC's headquarters on Capitol Hill.

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