The meeting between presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan on Thursday might indicate a thawing of ice in their relationships, but there still exists a number of points where the two differ. Trump’s popularity and his candidacy brought the conflict to the forefront.
Despite some kind words following Thursday’s meeting, Ryan has stayed put in his decision to not endorse Trump. “I was very encouraged with this meeting, but this is a process,” the NBC News quoted him as telling reporters. “It takes a little time. You don’t put it together in 45 minutes.”
The meeting was also a signal that the party is working towards putting itself together after a highly fractious primary. Trump even tried to underline the positive aspects of the relationship, noting the common grounds.
“While we were honest about our few differences, we recognise that there are also many important areas of common ground,” a joint statement by Trump and Ryan as quoted by CNN. “We will be having additional discussions, but remain confident there’s a great opportunity to unify our party and win this fall, and we are totally committed to working together to achieve that goal.”
However, the major points of differences within the two most important Republican figures remain.
First, Ryan and Trump rose to popularity by two different means. One told the voters that they have to achieve things the hard way while the other showed them the possibility of having it all. Ryan was in favour of privatising Medicare and Medicaid and cutting benefits dramatically while Trump vouched not to make any changes to these entitlements.
Second, Ryan supports reforms in immigration leading to citizenship while Trump has been advocating for mass deportations. One of the most famous propaganda in Trump’s campaigns is the promise to deport every unauthorised immigrant in the US. He has also promised to build a wall between the US and Mexico to prevent the unauthorised immigrants from crossing the border.
Third, free trade is one of the focal points for Ryan and is considered to be one of the important figures in the US politics to uphold it. Trump, on the other hand, has been railing against it. According to him, free trade kills jobs.
Fourth, raising the minimum wage is a strict “no” for Ryan, whereas Trump has been promising a better pay saying, “I would like to see an increase of some magnitude. But I’d rather leave it to the states. Let the states decide.”
Fifth, Trump’s call for temporarily banning all Muslims from entering the US following the attacks in St. Bernardino and Paris were criticised gravely, and Ryan has been one of the most prominent critics.