Trump Considers House Speakership For GOP Unity
Former President Donald Trump has expressed his willingness to step into a short-term role as the Speaker of the House of Representatives. Trump’s offer comes at a crucial moment, following the removal of Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) from the speakership, as initiated by Rep. Matt Gaetz, who accused McCarthy of failing to fulfill the promises he made before his appointment.
Trump would accept House speakership for a "short period" while Republicans decide on a permanent replacement: Fox
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Speaking to Fox News Digital, Trump revealed his motivation for considering the role. “I have been asked to speak as a unifier because I have so many friends in Congress. If they don’t get the vote, they have asked me if I would consider taking the speakership until they get somebody longer-term, because I am running for president,” he stated.
Trump emphasized that his focus remains on his presidential campaign, stating, “I would only do it for the party.” He indicated his willingness to serve for a short period, such as “30, 60, or 90 days,” to provide a unified front for the Republican Party during this critical time.
“I would only do it for the party,” he stated.
As he shared with Fox News, Trump plans to visit Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, where he intends to engage with members of the House Republican Conference as they deliberate on the issue.
While it is too soon to conclude on the next Speaker of the House, several GOP lawmakers have publicly voiced their preference for Trump to fill the vacant position even though the former president has said that his focus is on his presidential run.
Meanwhile, prominent Republicans like House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan (R-OH) and House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) have also thrown their hats into the ring as potential speakers.
The former president has always been Gaetz’s choice even before McCarthy was elected for the position. Back in January, during the vote for the position, Gaetz made a symbolic statement by casting his vote for Trump instead of McCarthy or his opponent Rep. Bryon Donalds (R-FL). Trump’s popularity within the party has only grown since then, as he attempts to score the party’s nomination for the 2024 presidential election.
In the latest Fox News poll, Trump leads the 2024 Republican presidential primary field by a substantial margin. A staggering 60% of Republican primary voters expressed their support for Trump, a notable increase from 53% in the previous survey conducted in August. Other polls have also reflected his increasing support even as he faces multiple legal issues.