Former President Donald Trump addressed speculation that he could be nominated to serve as House speaker after Rep. Kevin McCarthy was voted out of the role.
Trump responded to reporters that he was focused on the "best thing" for the Republican Party in his response to reporters.
Trump weighs in on possible nomination for House speaker after McCarthy ouster https://t.co/LZ0rvvhoOL
— Fox News (@FoxNews) October 5, 2023
"A lot of people have been calling me about speaker," Trump told reporters outside a New York City courtroom. "All I can say is we will do whatever is best for the country and the Republican Party. We have some great, great people. A lot of people have asked me about it."
"If I can help them during the process, I would do it. But we have some great people in the Republican Party who would do a great job as speaker," Trump continued. "My sole focus is being president and, quite honestly, with actually making America great again."
"A lot of people have been calling me about speaker," former President Trump said. "All I can say is we will do whatever is best for the country and other Republican Party and people." https://t.co/KE3pp7qqAI
— NBC News (@NBCNews) October 4, 2023
"Trump’s name was immediately floated by supporters after the successful vote to depose McCarthy, and a Trump adviser Tuesday night told NBC News that Republican members of the House had already been asking Trump to serve as an interim speaker," NBC News reported.
“Members are trying to talk to the President about leading as the House works it out long term,” the adviser said in an email.
Republican congressman to nominate Trump for House speaker https://t.co/kVwoNzg8f7
— Guardian news (@guardiannews) October 4, 2023
Troy Nehls said: “This week, when the US House of Representatives reconvenes, my first order of business will be to nominate Donald J. Trump for speaker of the US House of Representatives.
“President Trump, the greatest president of my lifetime, has a proven record of putting America first and will make the House great again.”
Georgia Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene has also stated that she will support Trump as House speaker, joining a small but growing number of Republicans.
The move comes as Trump faces over 90 charges in multiple cases nationwide, including a current case for fraud in New York involving his business.
The option is possible but it appears that Trump is more likely to focus on his presidential run rather than return to Congress to serve as House speaker.