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Hatch says he will help Trump in campaign, hopes Trump will ‘soften some of his rhetoric’

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Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, said he will do what he can to help GOP presidential frontrunner Donald Trump's campaign.

Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, said he will do what he can to help GOP presidential frontrunner Donald Trump’s campaign.

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GOP frontrunner Donald Trump made a positive impression on at least on party leader during a series of meetings, Thursday.

Party chairman Reince Priebus said his meeting with Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan was a step toward more unity within the Republican party.

According to ABC News, Trump met with Republican House leaders and will meet with members of the Senate later Thursday.

After their meeting, Ryan and Trump released a joint statement saying they are "totally committed to working together" despite their "few differences," the Washington Post reports.

Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, also released a statement in advance of his meeting with Trump:

"This election is perhaps the most important of my lifetime. With such critical issues as the future of the Supreme Court hanging in the balance, it is vital that we defeat Hillary Clinton and elect a Republican to the White House.

"During the primary process, I endorsed Jeb Bush and later Marco Rubio. But throughout I said I would support the eventual nominee. Now that Donald Trump is the presumptive nominee, I will do what I can to help him run a successful campaign.

"I look forward to meeting with Donald on Thursday. Many constituents in my home state of Utah have serious reservations about Mr. Trump. To help unify the party and broaden his appeal, I hope Donald will listen to policymakers and carefully consider his approach to issues like international trade, religious liberty, and entitlement reform.

"I will offer to help identify potential Supreme Court candidates he should consider. I will also encourage Donald to soften some of his rhetoric and always act in a manner worthy of a presidential nominee."