CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Thanks to Donald Trump's strong showing in primaries, his team arrived in Cleveland wielding more power than ever before. Representatives of the Trump campaign came to town to meet with the Committee on Arrangements to see where things stand regarding the July Republican National Convention.
It is a convention where Trump will likely be nominated, but one that may not be the coronation of a candidate past conventions have been.
"We want to make sure that all of the details are organized so that we can mold very easily with the RNC," campaign manager Paul Manafort said.
But the molding or blending of the Trump people and the RNC may be more like a troubled married couple going to marriage counseling. Unless both are willing to give a little, not a lot is going to happen, and wounds remain.
Coming out of the Washington pow wow between Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan, it was clear there was work yet to be done.
"I do believe that we are now planting the seeds to get ourselves unified," Ryan said.
Trump issued a statement saying this was our first meeting, but it was a very positive step toward unification.
Trump remains a lightning rod for protesters, so what do his people envision happening at the convention.
"We envision a convention that will allow the American people to see Mr. Trump as the next president of the United States," Manafort answered.
The Trump group had meetings all morning, and got private tours of convention facilities the rest of the day. Before entering the meetings, Manafort
told reporters, "He's excited about Cleveland. He's excited about Ohio and we look forward to Ohio putting us over in November."
Trump could have his work cut out there, too. Don't forget Ohio gave Gov. John Kasich his only primary victory, choosing him over Trump.
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