Former President Donald Trump has officially rejected the idea of becoming Speaker of the House next year if Republicans take control of the House in this year’s midterm elections.
Mr Trump clarified his decision in an interview with John Solomon and Amanda Head, after Mrs Head remarked that his reaction to Congressman Matt Gaetz’s suggestion at a rally in Florida hosted by the ex-president did not say whether he supported the idea.
“No, I think it’s not something I want to do, a lot of people talk about it, it comes up all the time. No, it’s not something I want to do, I want to watch what’s going on , and then we’ll do something else. No, it’s not something I would be interested in,” he said.
The suggestion, while lengthy from the get-go, could be seen as a minor jab at the far-right House GOP caucus that has chafed at efforts by more centrist GOP leaders to keep them in line amid of a number of incidents. which proved embarrassing to the caucus as a whole. In recent weeks, that has included public reprimands from Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene and Paul Gosar for attending a far-right white nationalist-led conference held during CPAC in Florida.
The far right probably needn’t worry, however, given that House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy has always remained relatively lenient with his members expressing extreme views or making racist statements. as is the case with frequent reps for Lauren Boebert (and others). attacks targeting Representative Ilhan Omar, a Democrat, because of her Muslim faith.
He even indicated that Ms. Greene would likely resume her committee assignments if the GOP regains a majority, despite Ms. Greene’s assignments being revoked due to her pro-violence statements against Democrats, including Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
Mr Gaetz has clung to the former president since the latter left office last year, while the congressman faces a sex trafficking probe that stems from a federal investigation into his former close confidant, Joel Greenberg, himself now convicted of sex trafficking. The Florida lawmaker has refused to resign in the face of an investigation into whether he had sex with a 17-year-old and paid for her trip across state lines.
The congressman strenuously denied the allegation and has not been formally charged with a crime. He denounced the investigation as politically motivated.
“I suspect someone is trying to recategorize my generosity to my ex-girlfriends as something more untoward,” he said in a statement addressing the issue last year.
Mr. Trump remains a heavy favorite to win the GOP nomination for president in 2024, which would likely explain his reluctance to take up House office instead. A recent poll from Harvard’s CAPS/Harris Poll showed no other potential Republican nominee came close to the support Mr Trump has in a hypothetical GOP primary game, and also revealed he would lead President Joe Biden in overall support if the election were to be held today.