- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 12, 2016

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin continued her attacks against House Speaker Paul D. Ryan, saying his highly publicized meeting Thursday with presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump in Washington, D.C., made her “ill.”

Trump has a pow-wow with unsupportive GOPe [establishment] House leader Paul Ryan today,” Mrs. Palin, a surrogate for Mr. Trump, wrote on Facebook about 11 a.m. Thursday. “Anticipate Ryan, after following crucifiers of our conservative frontrunner and all of his early supporters, to now position himself as the leader of those politico wussies to the cool kids’ table. Typical politics. Makes me ill. [Mr. Trump] can’t capitulate.

“The holier-than-thou GOPe that sees elections as merely a money-making business has stomped all over We the People for the last time,” she continued. “They got us into the mess we’re in with their failed, capitulating agenda that’s gone along with Obama’s fundamental transformation of America that includes devastating debt increase, deadly open borders, failed foreign nation building, exporting jobs, dividing the country, and quashing American exceptionalism… while laughing all the way to their personal bank accounts.

“Today, Trump can not cede any victorious ground to the losers who got us into the mess we’re in,” Mrs. Palin wrote. “And he won’t. He’ll own the meeting like a boss. Can’t wait to hear Ryan’s take on it afterwards; anticipate it’ll be as accurate as his infamous claims of balancing a budget… or running his Olympic-qualifying marathon.”

Mr. Trump and Mr. Ryan issued a joint statement Thursday describing their meeting as a “positive step” toward unifying the Republican Party.

“With that focus, we had a great conversation this morning. While we were honest about our few differences, we recognize that there are also many important areas of common ground,” the two men said. “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.”

Still, Mr. Ryan refrained from endorsing Mr. Trumpwhen asked by ABC News’ Jonathan Karl.

“It’s very important that we don’t fake unifying, we don’t pretend unification, that we truly and actually unify so we are full-strength in the fall,” Mr. Ryan said at a news conference after the meeting. “I don’t want us to have a fake unification process here.”

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