Former President Donald Trump will back GOP Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio in the race for House speaker, Republican Rep. Troy Nehls of Texas said in a post on X.
“Just had a great conversation with President Trump about the Speaker’s race. He is endorsing Jim Jordan, and I believe Congress should listen to the leader of our party. I fully support Jim Jordan for Speaker of the House,” Nehls wrote.
Jordan and House Majority Leader Steve Scalise (R-La.) have both mounted bids to serve as House speaker. Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), who had been serving as speaker since early January, was ousted from the role this week and has said that he will not seek to return to the post.
Trump, who is leading the Republican presidential primary, has expressed a willingness to step in as speaker for a period of time if the House GOP fails to agree upon a candidate to fill the slot.
“If they don’t get the vote, they have asked me if I would consider taking the speakership until they get somebody longer-term, because I am running for president,” Trump told Fox News Digital. “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.” He indicated that if the party cannot agree on someone to fill the role, he could serve for a “30, 60, or 90-day period.”
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