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Trump may visit Congress to pitch himself for House speaker: Report

Former President of the United States Donald Trump speaking with attendees at the July 2022 Student Action Summit at the Tampa Convention Center in Tampa, Florida. (Gage Skidmore/Flickr)
October 05, 2023

Former President Donald Trump may visit Congress next week to pitch himself as House speaker, a Republican familiar with the discussions said, according to Politico. Trump’s possible pitch for speaker comes after former Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) was ousted from the leadership role earlier this week.

If Trump decides to pursue the position, he will speak with lawmakers before Wednesday, the source said.

“I am running for President, have a 62 Point lead over Republicans, and am up on Crooked Joe Biden, despite the Democrat Party’s massive Law-fare, Weaponization, and Election Interference efforts, by 4 to 11 Points, but will do whatever is necessary to help with the Speaker of the House selection process, short term, until the final selection of a GREAT REPUBLICAN SPEAKER is made – A Speaker who will help a new, but highly experienced President, ME, MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!” Trump posted on Truth Social.

The former president also said earlier this week that he would do “whatever’s best for the country and the Republican Party.”

Rep. Troy E. Nehls (R-Texas) posted on X, formerly Twitter, that multiple members of Congress have expressed support for Trump’s nomination.

“NEWS: I’ve been contacted by multiple Members of Congress willing to support and offer nomination speeches for Donald J. Trump to be Speaker of the House. Next week is going to be HUGE,” he wrote.

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) also threw her support behind the former president.

“We only have one choice for Speaker: President Donald J. Trump His policies stopped the globalists and communists more than anyone else. He is the leader of the Republican Party and the only person we can trust to Save America,” she posted on X.

Not all House Republicans are on board with Trump’s potential nomination. Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.), who opposed removing McCarthy, said Trump’s past behavior “disqualifies him from being Speaker.”

“Trump was vehemently opposed to even having a recorded vote in the House on the $2+ trillion CARES Act. He supported Pelosi’s attempt to pass it by “unanimous consent,” without a quorum present. This disqualifies him from being Speaker,” Massie wrote.

This was a breaking news story. The details were periodically updated as more information became available.