Speaker Paul Ryan on his "very candid dialogue" with Trump

Nellie Chapman
April 16, 2018

WASHINGTON ― A day after House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) announced his retirement from Congress, he steadfastly refused to acknowledge whether concerns about President Donald Trump contributed to his decision, in a sit-down interview on "CBS This Morning".

Before Wednesday, it was widely assumed among some Ryan confidants that to preserve his standing and to raise lots of money for embattled House Republicans, he'd run for another term, then win and retire.

"You realize something when you take this job", the Wisconsin Republican told reporters.

In House Speaker Paul Ryan's hometown of Janesville, residents are reacting to his surprise announcement.

Those seeking the cuts would need the support of Republican House leaders, such as Kevin McCarthy and Steve Scalise, both seen as potential rivals to replace Ryan as the No. 1 House Republican and - if the party retains its majority in November elections - as speaker.

The 48-year-old said he was retiring to focus on his family.

"But the truth is it's easier for it to take over everything in your life and you can't just let that happen". "So I'm very proud of the accomplishments, but it really is a phase of life", Ryan said. And while we're at it, having an effective president wouldn't hurt either.

King tried to get Ryan to throw the president under the bus, asking him if "Trump fatigue" played a role in his decision to not run for reelection.

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In December he achieved his long-held goal of overhauling the U.S. tax code, and according to Axios, felt satisfied enough with that achievement to leave.

Rumors about his departure have swirled for months in Washington, where earlier this year the talk of his retirement grew so loud that the speaker publicly knocked down the reports. A source familiar with his decision said made his decision in consultation with his wife over the spring congressional recess.

"I believe he'll go down in history as the most pro-life speaker of the House we've ever had, which is important to me as well", Banks said. "And you were one of the main people that said you wanted to do more for the Republican Party-you wanted to expand the base ..."

The party, deeply fractured between conservatives and moderates, has been described as ungovernable. The absence of a clear successor to Ryan could allow an influential bloc of far-right conservatives to gain more power among House Republicans. He pointed to Rep. Mia Love (R-Utah), one of the few GOP women of color in Congress.

But with the caucus deeply fractured between conservatives and moderates, McCarthy will no doubt face competition.

"It's going to set off an intramural war among Republicans on who is going to be the next speaker".

"If he's willing to reach across the aisle, he'll find Democrats willing and eager to work with him".

"He has a history of winning his district quite easily, even in more hard years for Republican candidates but now with his retirement, it creates an open seat and open seats are always more competitive for the party that didn't hold it going into the election", Murray says.

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