The highly anticipated meeting Thursday between Donald Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan has the trappings of an All-Star event of sorts, but at least one of them is trying to temper expectations.
According to The Hill
, during an interview with his hometown radio station, WBEL, in Janesville, Wisconsin, Speaker Ryan said it's going to take more than one meeting for unification and, presumably, his endorsement of the presumptive GOP nominee for president.
"I don't go into Thursday with huge expectations other than just to have the kind of conversations that we need to start having so that we are getting ourselves on the same page as a party," Ryan told the radio program, reports The Hill.
Further, Ryan told The Wall Street Journal in a separate interview, according to The Hill, that "it's going to take more than a week just to repair and unify this party."
Ryan and Trump have to find common ground on two fronts: policy and presentation. Trump has adopted positions that run counter to the core of Ryan's conservative agenda.
"Conservatives want to know: Does he share our values and our principles on limited government, the proper role of the executive, adherence to the Constitution?" Ryan told CNN, reports The Hill.
And on presentation, Trump has run roughshod over GOP evangelizing efforts to appeal to a bigger base of voters, including minorities.
According to The Hill, the details of Thursday's Ryan-Trump meeting have begun to emerge. Trump will meet with Ryan and Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus at RNC headquarters around 9 a.m.
After, Trump will meet with Ryan and top members of the Speaker's leadership team, including Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Majority Whip Steve Scalise, both of whom have endorsed Trump.
And, later Trump will sit down with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and his leadership team.
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