If Paul Ryan retires as House speaker, Steve Scalise could replace him

If Paul Ryan retires as House speaker, Steve Scalise could replace him

When is Ryan thinking of retiring?

In a series of interviews with three dozen fellow lawmakers, congressional and administration aides, conservative intellectuals and lobbyists, not one said they expected Ryan to stay in Congress beyond 2018 despite his recent legislative wins under President Donald Trump.

"No", Ryan replied, chuckling when asked at the end of a Thursday press conference if he's quitting soon.

Speculation about Paul Ryan's future is swirling in Washington, DC. Politico reported that Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., and Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., two likely successors, have been meeting with lawmakers "loyal to them" to strategize about what might happen if and when Ryan leaves.

The Politico report says the Janesville Republican, who has represented Wisconsin's 1st District in Congress since 1999 and has served as speaker since 2015, "has made it known to some of his closest confidants that this will be his final term as speaker".

CNN, however, reported Thursday that sources close to the Speaker backed up Ryan's denial at least in the short-term, saying it was unlikely he would resign the Speakership after tax reform is finished.

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"This is pure speculation", said spokeswoman AshLee Strong.

Ryan, 48, also has personal reasons, the story says.

The 10-term congressman reluctantly accepted the speakership when John Boehner resigned, though he did not see it as a long-term position.

"It sounds like it may have caught Speaker Ryan by surprise", Sanders added discussing Ryan's relationship with Trump."Because I don't think it was very accurate reporting".

A senior aide to another Republican House member from Wisconsin told DailyMail.com on Thursday that Ryan 'never planned to be here forever, but I think 2018 is a little too early to be placing bets on'. "As the speaker himself said today, he's not going anywhere anytime soon".

'The speaker isn't going to walk away from the job when he has a Republican president and a Republican majority in the Senate that's in zero danger of going away, ' the insider said. Dems push for more money to fight opioids MORE (R-Wis.) over reports that he is "soul searching" on whether he plans to remain in public office.

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