''I would imagine things will be ok with Paul Ryan. We'll see,'' said Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump during a rally in Spokane, Washington. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump says he thinks if House Speaker Paul Ryan had the decision again to endorse him, he would. "I would imagine things will be ok with Paul Ryan. We'll see. I'm meeting him on Thursday, we're going to see what happens... and I would bet if he had that decision to do again, he would have done it the simple way. I endorse Trump," said Trump during a rally in Spokane, Washington on Saturday (May 7). Paul Ryan and Donald Trump, the top Republicans in the United States, plan to meet next week to try to unite their party, with both men focused on the Nov. 8 presidential election, but the Wisconsin congressman also perhaps looking further ahead. Speaker of the House Ryan has invited Trump, this year's likely Republican presidential nominee, to meet on Thursday with Ryan and other congressional leaders on Capitol Hill, Ryan's office said in a statement on Friday. A key part of the conversation will likely be Trump's combative, in-your-face campaign persona and Republican leaders' requests for him to tone it down, but political analysts said Ryan will have other considerations in mind, as well. As chairman of the Republican Party convention in Cleveland in July, Ryan's political tightrope will be especially perilous. One of his objectives will be to provide political cover for his 246 House Republicans so they can choose to embrace or run away from Trump, depending on their home districts' politics, with the goal of preserving control of the House, analysts said. During the rally in Spokane, Trump bashed Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton and her husband former President Bill Clinton. "In the history of politics, Hillary Clinton's husband abused women more than any man that we know of," said Trump. "And Hillary was an enabler and she treated these women horribly. Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton has a higher probability than her likely Republican rival Donald Trump of becoming the next U.S. president, but the gap between the pair narrowed this week, according to the online political stock market PredictIt. Clinton's probability on Friday was 61 percent, down from 65 percent seven days ago, according to the site, which allows users to wager small amounts of money on "yes" or "no" predictions of future events. The probability that Trump will win the Nov. 8 election was 40 percent, up from 34 percent.