For the Record: Trump and Paul Ryan are now seeing each other


For the Record: Trump and Paul Ryan are now seeing each other

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Presidential candidate Donald Trump arrives for a meeting with Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., at the National Republican Congressional Committee May 12, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Photo: Brendan Smialowski, AFP/Getty Images)

Two Republicans, somewhat alike in dignity, in fair Washington, where we lay our scene. A pair of star-cross’d politicians met in real life, who hope to with their meeting bury their party’s strife.


Donald Trump and Paul Ryan met Thursday. It was dramatic. Shakespearan, even. And like two of the Bard’s characters of yore, Trump and Ryan pledged their undying devotion (to work together for Republicans this fall).

Here are all the theatrics in today’s For the Record, the politics newsletter from USA TODAY.

Trump and Ryan are now seeing each other; Ryan does not DTR

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As we previewed yesterday, Trump and Ryan swiped right (though not too far right) and met up to see see if they had any connection.

At stake: The unity of the Republican party, perhaps, should Trump become president and Ryan remain House speaker. The result: It’s complicated.

“We’re off to a very good start,” said Ryan, who added that he and Trump plan on seeing each other again. But Ryan still hasn’t formally endorsed Trump, making this whole thing feel more like an arranged marriage.

Over the course of 45 minutes, Trump and Ryan chatted about free trade, immigration, party unity and probably their hobbies. Reince Priebus, dad of the GOP, chaperoned the whole thing (ugh, so embarrassing) but the Republican national chairman issued his approval:

“The meeting was great,” Priebus tweeted. #ProudDad

This is the real life. It’s not just fantasy.