None of the lawmakers said they learned anything new, though Rice said Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., joked about the media's reporting on Trump's comments commending Saddam Hussein for killing terrorists.
"We had a positive and productive meeting this morning with Donald Trump", Cruz said.
Kirk, Flake, Kelly Ayotte and Ben Sasse are among those who have either said they will not be backing Trump or are among those waiting to be convinced to support to him. Trump predicted that Flake would lose his reelection, at which point Flake informed Trump that he was not on the ballot this year, the sources said. He will run for re-election in 2018. I just can't support him given the things that he's said, " Flake said before ducking into a lunch meeting.
Flake said he wanted to talk to Trump about those statements. Flake detailed his misgivings about the business mogul during a May interview with NPR, noting Trump's proposed Muslim ban and plans to build a wall on the USA southern border and make Mexico pay for it.
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And Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell would not say if Trump should receive classified briefings - even as Republican leaders say Clinton should now be denied access to highly sensitive intelligence. He disagrees with Trump over the need for North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, for example, and has concerns about some statements Trump has made that are supportive of recent Russian aggression in the Ukraine, a McCain campaign spokeswoman said.
Donald Trump is getting mixed reviews from House Republicans.
Trump held a meeting with more than 200 members from the House G.O.P., billed as a meet-and-greet, in which he emphasized his desire to appoint a proven conservative justice to the Supreme Court. It wasn't enough for others, as lawmakers who have been wary of Trump's incendiary comments and off-putting campaign style said they remain unconvinced. "I think it was the normal stream of consciousness that's long on hyperbole and short on facts". According to the Washington Post, Trump went to his usual playbook and threatened to start attacking Flake for daring to criticism him.
The score-settling at a meeting created to foster party unity comes less than two weeks before the Republican National Convention. But Trump added, "I like him and I'm glad he's here". But considering Trump's unconventional path to winning the Republican presidential nomination, and his background as a billionaire businessman rather than a public servant, some have questioned whether Trump really wants the presidency.