What’s Going on With Paul Ryan?
There's a chance House Speaker Paul Ryan may leave Congress after the 2018 midterm elections if he can achieve his goal of passing GOP backed overhaul of the US tax system, but why is he even considering leaving?
Those close to Ryan have talked to the press including Politico and CNN about the Wisconsin Republican's desire to leave. The speculation has reached such an extreme that President Trump called Ryan following the release of the Politico story, however Ryan's spokeswoman AshLee Strong has said in a statement that "he's not going anywhere soon."
He's not leaving, or he's not going anywhere soon?
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders informed reporters that President Donald Trump recently told House Speaker Paul Ryan that he would be displeased if Ryan retires in 2018.
"The president did speak to the speaker not too long ago," Sanders admitted on Thursday. She added that Trump "made sure that the speaker knew very clearly and in no uncertain terms that if the news was true, he was very unhappy with it."
Paul Ryan has been speaker of the House since 2015. He was voted in as speaker after former Speaker John Boehner was ousted from the position.
Ryan has been very open that being Speaker would be his final government job, and he has openly stressed his desire to spend more time with his family, now that his children are teenagers.
But what would this mean for the Trump Administration, and pushing items through Congress?
While President Trump wants Paul Ryan to serve alongside him for the next seven years, if Ryan decides to retire, there would be a new election, which could possibly place a Democrat in power.
If the Trump Administration wants to continue pushing through tax reform, and other major hauls, they need Ryan leading the team. Only time will tell if Ryan continues to serve or not, and the media will be holding their breathe until the decision is made.