"We had a great conversation this morning," the two said in a joint statement. "While we were honest about our few differences, we recognize that there are also many important areas of common ground."
Ryan, the House speaker and de facto leader of the so-called establishment wing of the GOP, said he wanted to get to know Trump better as he sought a unified front going into November's election. When it comes to beating Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton "the stakes could not be higher," Ryan said in a news conference following the meeting.
"I was very encouraged by what I heard from Donald Trump today," Ryan said. "I do believe that we are now planting the seeds to get ourselves unified, to bridge the gaps and differences."