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House Speaker Ryan sidesteps questions about possibly working with Trump

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House Speaker Paul Ryan sidestepped questions Thursday about whether he and Donald Trump could actually work together.

Ryan and the billionaire have not been on the same page on a range of policy issues. Ryan has a long history of promoting free trade, but Trump has been critical of the latest Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement. Trump also recently blamed Ryan for the GOP's losses in the 2012 elections, specifically mentioning Ryan's proposals to overhaul medicare.

However, the House Speaker has stayed clear of criticizing Trump, only giving general answers when questioned.

 "I do believe we will be able to unify as a party and I believe whoever our nominee going to be, we'll be able to find a way to make a unified front work. And by the way Congress will have our own ideas," Ryan said,  "That's what we do. We're not-- We're republicans. We all have individual ideas and we gravitate from the same principles and we'll be applying those principles and offering people a choice.

Ryan stressed that he and House Republicans would continue to craft a policy agenda for the Republican Presidential candidate to pick up once the primaries are over.

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