Trump pours cold water on the House Speaker idea put forward by Matt Gaetz

Former President Donald Trump has formally rejected the idea of ​​serving as Speaker of the House next year should Republicans win control of the House in this year’s midterm election.

Mr Trump made his decision clear in an interview with John Solomon and Amanda Head, after Ms Head noted that his reaction to Congressman Matt Gaetz’s proposal at a Florida rally hosted by the ex-president did not make it clear whether he supported the idea .

“No, I think that’s not something I want, a lot of people bring it up, it’s brought up all the time. No, that’s not something I want to do, I want to see what happens and then we’ll do something else. No, that’s not something I’d be interested in,” he said.

While the proposal is a long shot from the start, it could be seen as a minor blow to the far-right of the GOP faction in the House of Representatives, which has been angered by efforts by the more centrist GOP leadership to break them up amid a spate of incidents line that has proved embarrassing for the faction as a whole. In recent weeks, that has included public rebukes from Reps Marjorie Taylor Greene and Paul Gosar for their attendance at a white nationalist-led far-right conference hosted during CPAC in Florida.

The far right probably has little to worry about, however, as House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy is still relatively easy on members who express extreme views or make racist remarks, as frequent Representative Lauren Boebert (and others) the case is attacks on Rep Ilhan Omar, a Democrat, for her Muslim beliefs.

He has even hinted that Ms. Greene is likely to resume her committee duties should the GOP regain a majority, although Ms. Greene’s duties have been revoked due to her statements supporting violence against Democrats, including Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

Mr Gaetz has clung to the former president since he left office last year as the congressman faces a sex trafficking probe that emerged from a federal probe into his former close confidante Joel Greenberg, himself now a convicted sex trafficker . Florida lawmakers have refused to resign amid an investigation into whether he had a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old and paid for her to travel across state lines.

The congressman has vigorously denied the allegation and has not been formally charged with a crime. He has denounced the investigation as politically motivated.

“I have a suspicion that someone is trying to dismiss my generosity to ex-girlfriends as something more repugnant,” he said in a statement on the matter last year.

Mr. Trump remains a big favorite to win the GOP nomination for President in 2024, which would likely explain his reluctance to hold a House position instead. A recent Harvard CAPS/Harris poll showed that no other potential Republican nominee came close to matching the support Mr. Trump has in a hypothetical GOP primary match, and also revealed that he would lead President Joe Biden in overall support, if the election would take place today.

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