In the fight to be the next speaker, Rep. Jim Jordan (R.-Ohio) faces facing Majority Leader Steve Scalise (R.-La.), who has been a part of the House Republican leadership since 2014, when he replaced Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R.-Calif.) as majority whip after McCarthy became majority leader.
President Donald J. Trump endorsed Rep. Jim Jordan (R.-Ohio) for Speaker of the House today in a Truth Social post—less than a day after the president offered himself as a candidate as the constitutional leader of the House of Representatives.
“Congressman Jim Jordan has been a STAR long before making his very successful journey to Washington, D.C., representing Ohio’s 4th Congressional District. Respected by all, he is now Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee,” said the president.
“As President, I had the honor of presenting Jim with our Country’s highest civilian award, The Presidential Medal of Freedom,” he said.
Trump’s endorsement was expected, as my RedState colleague Bob Hoge reported Thursday that Rep. Troy Nehls (R.-Texas) has the inside word it was coming.
Will there be a House Speaker Donald Trump? The former president says that it might happen — on one key condition, that is.
The former president and current GOP front-runner told Fox News that he would take on the speakership, something that some Republicans have proposed, but only in a short-term capacity as a “unifier” for the GOP caucus until a permanent replacement is found.
The announcement came after Trump formally endorsed Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, as his pick for a permanent speaker on Thursday evening.
“I have been asked to speak as a unifier because I have so many friends in Congress,” Trump said.
“If they don’t get the vote,” he said, “they have asked me if I would consider taking the speakership until they get somebody longer-term, because I am running for president.
“They have asked me if I would take it for a short period of time for the party, until they come to a conclusion — I’m not doing it because I want to — I will do it if necessary, should they not be able to make their decision.”
Thursday morning, before Trump endorsed him, Jordan was asked on “Fox & Friends” if he would support Trump as speaker, and the congressman said he was happy with Trump returning to the White House:
I think President Trump wants to be president of the United States. That’s what I want. I think he’s the best president we’ve had, certainly in my lifetime, did more what he said he would do than any president I can remember. I want him to be president of the United States. I think that’s what he wants to do, and I think that’s what’s going to happen because the country is so fed up with the policies of Joe Biden. I think President Trump is going to be our nominee. He’s winning by, I don’t know, 40, 50 points, and I think he’s going to be our next president. He’s beating Joe Biden, and I think even an ABC poll, like a week ago, by 10 11 points, so the country knows his policies worked. I think he wants to be president. I want him to be president.
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