Voice of America reporting: Donald Trump gains supporters by the week, with House Speaker Paul Ryan formally backing him up in pursue of the intent to unify the party ahead of November’s elections.
Ryan admitted that he wasn’t ready to make such a move even as early as last month, chiefly because of Trump’s desire to redefine longstanding party positions on trade, foreign policy, and other issues.
However, after the two met in Washington in mid-May, Ryan said he was encouraged by what he had heard, and the party was "planting the seeds to get ourselves unified."
In an essay published in his hometown newspaper in Wisconsin Thursday, Ryan stated that after a multitude of conversations with Trump, he feels "confident he would help us turn the ideas in this agenda into laws to help improve people's lives."
"It's no secret that he and I have our differences. I won't pretend otherwise,'' Ryan wrote. "And when I feel the need to, I'll continue to speak my mind. But the reality is, on the issues that make up our agenda, we have more common ground than disagreement.''
Ryan's readiness to vote for Trump was announced the same time that Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton was delivering a foreign policy speech excoriating Trump's foreign policy.
By Stefan Paraber for GIA