President Donald Trump is potentially poised to head to Washington, D.C., ahead of the next election for the House of Representatives’ speakership, a new report from Politico has suggested.
On Tuesday, Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., was ousted from his position as Speaker of the House, marking the first time in American history that such an event has occurred. The first motion to vacate was filed in 1910, and it failed on the floor.
Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., filed a motion to vacate McCarthy’s seat on Monday, and by Tuesday night, McCarthy was out of a job.
In the wake of the vacant seat, both Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., and Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio., have officially entered the race for speakership. However, a much bigger name has been floated in the speakership race in the meantime: President Donald Trump.
Per RSBN, Trump himself has hinted that he would be open to helping the House “short term” amid their search for a long-term speaker despite his own 2024 presidential election bid.
He stated on Truth Social that he “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!”
Politico’s report cited an anonymous Republican source familiar with internal discussions on the matter, sharing that Trump was allegedly considering visiting D.C. next week where he could potentially pitch himself as a candidate for the speakership.
As reported by RSBN, the Speaker of the House does not have to be a member of the House of Representatives. A prospective Trump speakership would be historically unprecedented.
Politico reported that the House GOP will meet next Tuesday for an internal candidate forum. It is unconfirmed at this time if President Trump will actually travel to D.C., but his recent comments regarding the speakership suggest, at the very least, that the president is heavily invested in who will lead the House of Representatives.