Paul Ryan has indicated this will be his final term as Speaker of the House, a report from Politico claims.
According to the liberal-leaning publication, “Ryan has made it known to some of his closest confidants that this will be his final term as speaker.”
“He consults a small crew of family, friends and staff for career advice, and is always cautious not to telegraph his political maneuvers. But the expectation of his impending departure has escaped the hushed confines of Ryan’s inner circle and permeated the upper-most echelons of the GOP,” write Tim Alberta and Rachael Bade.
Politico notes Ryan is exiting even as he has experienced a “better-than-expected relationship with President Donald Trump,” who frequently criticized the Wisconsin representative on Twitter.
Paul Ryan, a man who doesn't know how to win (including failed run four years ago), must start focusing on the budget, military, vets etc.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 16, 2016
Ryan was one of several Republican congressmen who refused to vocalize support for then-candidate Trump during the 2016 campaign.
So many great endorsements yesterday, except for Paul Ryan! We must put America first and MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 6, 2016
Despite winning the second debate in a landslide (every poll), it is hard to do well when Paul Ryan and others give zero support!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 11, 2016