Former President Donald Trump responded to calls requesting that he be nominated as Speaker of the House on Wednesday, stating that while he will do “whatever it is to help,” the party has some “great, great people.”
“A lot of people have been calling me about Speaker,” Trump told reporters outside a New York courthouse. “All I can say is we will do whatever is best for the country and the Republican Party. We have some great, great people. A lot of people have asked me about it.”
On Monday evening, Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., filed a motion to vacate House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., which was voted on the following day. By Tuesday evening a final vote of 216-210 confirmed that McCarthy no longer held the position as Speaker.
Since then, some Republicans in the House have floated the idea of nominating the former president for the position.
Texas Rep. Troy Nehls took to social media on Tuesday evening, stating that McCarthy will “NOT be running again as Speaker” and subsequently nominating Trump instead.
“Kevin McCarthy will NOT be running again as Speaker. I nominate Donald J. Trump for Speaker of the House,” Nehls posted on X.
Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene also took to social media to back Trump on Tuesday evening, stating that the only candidate she will be supporting for Speaker is the 45th president.
“The only candidate for Speaker I am currently supporting is President Donald J. Trump…He has a proven 4 year record as President of the United States of America,” Greene posted on X. “We can make him Speaker and then elect him President! He will MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!!!”
While Trump noted to reporters on Wednesday that he would do “whatever it is to help,” he did note that his “sole focus” is being president.”
“My sole focus is being president and, quite honestly, with actually making America great again. Because we are living in a country in decline. This is a country that is failing badly. We’re not respected in the world, interest rates are through the roof, taxes are through the roof, inflation is horrible,” Trump stated.