" I don't believe anyone's election will hinge if Paul Ryan is speaker of your house", he told Foxnews, after announcing Wednesday he's not only seeking re election this past year also as the behind-the-scenes jockeying among home Republicans for his stance came more into people opinion.
By triggering a House leadership struggle when the party should focus on defending its congressional majorities and advancing Trump's agenda, Ryan dismayed some Republicans already concerned about their prospects with USA voters in November.
An early look at the Republicans who could take the speaker's place.
"You were one of the main people that said you wanted to do more for the Republican Party-you wanted to expand the base", King reminded Ryan.
Trump's 2018 agenda, including construction of a US-Mexico border wall and an infrastructure proposal, has gained little traction.
"Realistically, the chances were low of anything getting done anyway", Feehery said. If weird stuff happens and neither McCarthy nor Scalise can cobble together a sufficiently sizeable coalition of supporters, a prominent hard-line conservative like Meadows could pitch themselves to the caucus as particularly well-equipped to work with President Trump, whose relationship with Ryan could charitably be described as "strained".
Speculation over Ryan's future had been swirling for months, but as he dialed up colleagues and spoke by phone with Trump early Wednesday, the news stunned even top allies. Just because he'll be leaving office, Ryan said, doesn't mean he will stop working toward that goal. "Now, maybe they have talked to all of the members but me".
In 2016, Trump slammed Ryan as a "very weak and ineffective leader". When the nation needs a powerful voice of truth to speak to abuse of power, House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) has chosen to remain silent and not seek reelection. "We are with you Paul!"
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Gallup first measured Americans' views of Ryan in 2012 when Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney chose Ryan as his vice presidential running mate. "So I will be setting new priorities in my life".
"Some say his departure could possibly happen even sooner", CNN reported.
Ryan was scheduled to dine with Trump and other Republican congressional leaders on Wednesday evening at the White House.
Three years later, Ryan was pulled into the leadership job by the abrupt retirement of Speaker John Boehner.
A self-styled budget expert, Ryan had made the tax cuts Congress delivered past year a centerpiece of his small-government agenda and a personal cause, even though they helped skyrocket projected annual deficits toward $1 trillion.
As WND reported, the names most commonly mentioned are House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., and House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La.
Also in December, Politico cited several unnamed sources who claimed Ryan has clearly stated that he "would like to serve through Election Day 2018 and retire ahead of the next Congress".