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Ben Carson Will Play Ambassador Between Donald Trump And Paul Ryan

Ben Carson will have the unenviable task of playing ambassador between Paul Ryan and Donald Trump.
Posted at 5:43 PM, May 10, 2016

Donald Trump seems to think his ticket to the White House rests with one-man campaign fixer Ben Carson.

After working on Trump's vice-presidential vetting team, probably one of the most important jobs of a campaign, Carson is exiting stage left to concentrate on something else. 

Carson's business manager, Armstrong Williams, told The Daily Beast: "What Trump wanted from Carson were names of who he would recommend for a potential candidate. He was among several other people making recommendations." 

Instead, The Donald's campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, most infamous at this point for being accused of manhandling a reporter, will take over the vetting process. 

Carson will instead be handling something arguably harder: playing ambassador between Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan. 

Recently, Ryan said he's just not ready to support Trump as the party's de facto nominee. And Trump responded by saying he's "not ready to support Speaker Ryan's agenda."

It's definitely unusual for the highest-ranking member of a party and the party's likely nominee to be so publicly at odds. And Carson could be a good envoy, considering he's reportedly close to both men. 

Getting the two to see eye-to-eye, or at least compromise, is going to be a huge step in getting other establishment figures behind Trump's candidacy. 

Carson is reportedly set to meet with Ryan before the speaker meets with Trump on Thursday

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