Speaker Ryan, GOP donors meet to discuss Trump

Summoned to assist in derailing what appears to be the inevitable nomination of GOP front-runner Donald Trump, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) met with a small group of high-powered GOP donors in Palm Beach, Florida, on Thursday night.

New York hedge-fund manager Paul Singer, who established the American Opportunity Alliance in 2013, organized the conference.

Among the issues known to be discussed: President Obama’s nomination of Merrick Garland to the High Court, economic policy issues and national security.

While the meeting consisted of several GOP donors known to oppose Trump’s nomination, a Ryan aide insisted the Speaker’s participation in the series of meetings is not to be interpreted as opposition to Trump or Ryan seeking to thwart Trump’s bid for the White House.

“This shouldn’t be construed as an anti-Trump event and that’s certainly not why Speaker Ryan is going,” said the aide.

South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley and House members Joe Heck (R-NV), and Todd Young (R-IN) were also in attendance at the conference.

Although it may be tempting to assume this was an overt anti-Trump meeting, it is, in all likelihood, another meeting where politicians or congressional hopefuls grovel for financial support and sitting members of Congress get an earful from donors.

 

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