Demonstrators call on Republican leaders to disavow the anti-immigrant rhetoric of presumptive nominee Donald Trump outside the building where Trump is meeting with party leaders. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Story: U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and Paul Ryan, the country's top elected Republican, met in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, to see if they can begin healing fissures in the party created by Trump's insurgent candidacy. Party leaders are normally eager to rally around a presidential nominee in order to unite forces for the general election battle. But Ryan, the U.S. House of Representatives speaker, has withheld his endorsement of Trump out of concern over his incendiary tone and policy ideas that run counter to deeply held Republican doctrine. Trump last week became the presumptive nominee for the Nov. 8 election after his remaining rivals, U.S. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, and Ohio Governor John Kasich, dropped out. His likely general election rival is Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton. Trump will also meet with Senate Republican leaders, including Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, and other House Republican leaders. A chief concern among congressional Republicans is whether Trump will be a strong enough candidate in the November election to ensure the party maintains control of Congress.