Trump, Ryan prepare to meet as Republicans call for unity

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WASHINGTON (AP) – Donald Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan are sitting down face-to-face for the first time, a week after Ryan stunned Republicans by refusing to back the mercurial billionaire for president.

The much-anticipated meeting Thursday morning will play out as polls suggest Republican voters are getting behind Trump, who effectively clinched the nomination last week. GOP lawmakers are increasingly calling for the party to end its embarrassing bout of infighting and unite to beat likely Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in November, and many want to see Ryan get on board.

Ahead of the meeting Ryan insisted party unity was his goal, too.

For his part, Trump insisted defiantly that he doesn’t need the blessing of Ryan or other Republican leaders wary of the candidate

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