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Trump supports Jim Jordan as next Speaker of the House

Trump’s support for Jordan could help settle what appears to be a tumultuous race for the presidency following the ouster of Kevin McCarthy earlier this week.

Jordan is a close ally of Trump and one of the top Republican lawmakers investigating President Joe Biden. He would be one of, if not the, most conservative lawmakers to hold the president’s gavel in recent memory if elected.

Jordan and Louisiana Rep. Steve Scalise began to build support for the speaker role. Jordan supported Trump’s presidential campaign. Scalise, who served as majority leader under McCarthy, did not.

Jordan, the co-founder of the conservative Freedom Caucus, said Thursday night on Fox News that he was confident in his ability to bring the fractured Republican conference together.

Earlier in the day, the Ohio Republican held a call with moderate members of the Main Street Caucus during which he raised concerns about changing the motion to overturn — which was used by the Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) to oust McCarthy — and his ability to raise funds for the party.

Jordan has clashed with Republican Party leaders in the past, including former Republican Chairman John Boehner, who called him a political “terrorist.”

But Jordan, who chairs the House Judiciary Committee, has positioned himself as a staunch defender of Trump, including during his two impeachment trials. As president, Trump awarded Jordan the Presidential Medal of Freedom. He was also an ally of McCarthy during his time as speaker and defended him in the House before the vote to oust him.

News of Jordan’s endorsement came as Trump earlier announced a visit to the Capitol next week and even signaled interest in serving as acting speaker of the House on Thursday.

Trump said Fox News Thursday that he would consider serving as temporary president if necessary.

“If they don’t get the vote, they asked me if I would consider becoming president until they find someone for a longer term, because I’m running for president,” he said. Trump said. “They asked me if I could take it for a short time for the party, until they came to a conclusion – I’m not doing it because I want to – I will do it if necessary, if necessary.” They can’t make their decision.”

Before Jordan’s support was announced, two people familiar with Trump’s thinking said he was “50-50” on traveling to the nation’s capital to appear at a House GOP meeting.

If Trump were to appear, say those familiar with his thinking, it would be to “rally the troops” and “show leadership” over a party still suffering from the ousting of McCarthy by a small fraction of the GOP. Trump, they said, would encourage Republican lawmakers to quickly choose their next speaker and avoid another prolonged and dramatic battle in the House.

They said he was flattered but never took calls to run for president seriously and told reporters earlier this week that he remained focused on 2024.

Several of the former president’s Republican allies, including Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) and Nehls, had publicly nominated Trump for president.

Greene posted on X Thursday night that Trump “CONFIRMED HE WILL TAKE THE JOB” and even created a fundraising website based on the idea. At least one other Republican candidate for Congress Bo Hines from North Carolinasought to raise money for his campaign through the idea of ​​Trump as president as well.

Trump largely avoided weighing in on efforts to oust McCarthy this week while he was at the Manhattan courthouse for a civil fraud trial, save for a Truth Social article that questioned why ” Republicans always fight among themselves, why don’t they fight? the radical left Democrats who are destroying our country?




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