Report: Paul Ryan telling confidants he wants to end standoff with Trump

If Ryan were to endorse Trump, the move would end a nearly unprecedented standoff between the House speaker and his party’s presumptive presidential nominee, and remove the biggest remaining obstacle to Trump’s efforts to unite Republicans around his campaign.

In fact, Manafort told the gathering of Republican lawmakers that Ryan’s endorsement would put more pressure on the party’s remaining Trump holdouts to fall in line.

It would also link the speaker more directly to Trump, marking a significant break for a man who ran on a presidential ticket in 2012 with Mitt Romney — by far Trump’s loudest critic inside the party.

It’s not clear how Ryan, who said that he wasn’t interested in a “fake unification” of his party, would choreograph an endorsement after his initial public reluctance.