Donald Trump And Ted Cruz Hold Private Meeting

The New York Times reports:

Donald J. Trump sought to mend fissures within the Republican Party on Thursday, holding his first face-to-face meeting with Senator Ted Cruz since their contentious battle for the presidential nomination came to an ugly end filled with name calling and personal attacks.

Mr. Trump huddled with Mr. Cruz and Reince Priebus around noon, according to two people familiar with the matter, after a rash of meetings with House and Senate members that were organized to quell lingering concerns within the party about its presumptive nominee.

The meetings came as Mr. Trump continues to raise anxiety among Republicans about his temperament less than two weeks before the party holds its national convention in Cleveland. As with the convention, some leading Republicans including Senator Marco Rubio, a former primary opponent, decided to pass on the meeting.

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It is not yet known whether the Texas senator will speak at the convention, or even if he will attend. During the final weeks of the primary contest, Trump and Cruz clashed repeatedly — with Trump at one point suggesting that Cruz’s father was involved in the assassination of John F. Kennedy.

The meeting was held at the National Republican Senatorial Committee building on Capitol Hill. Earlier in the day, Trump met with a room full of senators in the building to discuss the campaign. Many party strategists have expressed concern about how Trump’s behavior on the trail will impact their ability to retain control of the chamber this fall.

All parties including the RNC have refused to comment on the meeting.