House speaker Paul Ryan reportedly says he won't seek re-election

House Speaker Paul Ryan. Mark Wilson  Getty Images

House Speaker Paul Ryan. Mark Wilson Getty Images

The political fallout may not be so easy to control.

Ryan, who has had a hard relationship with Trump, thanked the president for giving him the chance to move the GOP ahead.

Hi legacy includes acquiesce to President Donald Trump's un-presidential conduct.

"They're middle of the road in temperament, and I think that no matter what happens in November, that's a big brain drain and loss of experience in Congress for the Republican Party", said Dr Matthew Green, a Catholic University professor who has taught on politics in the age of Trump. Rep. Mark Walker, R-N.C., said an emotional Ryan "choked up a few times trying to get through" his remarks to colleagues and received three standing ovations.

Ryan kept it classy, responding that diversity remains a priority for the party. He's a great brand for the party. Ryan was once viewed as the future of the party, and he now is a rudder for a party regularly tossed about by Trump's shifting impulses. "His bigoted rhetoric and his reprehensible statements should disqualify him from holding any public office, and we are confident voters in Southern Wisconsin feel the same way". Ryan's rise to the speakership is a reminder of just how much congressional leadership's authority has evolved. Some four dozen House Republicans - including powerful committee chairmen - are calling it quits. You wanted to expand the base. "Democrats are going to walk a mile on broken glass to vote against the president".

Ryan was first elected to Congress in 1998.

What can be stated with certainty is that Ryan, as he said, gave his job in the U.S. House "everything that I have". But it just didn't seem to make sense to me.

Mr Trump's low approval ratings and controversial 14 months in office have heartened Democrats about their chances of recapturing the House majority they lost to the Republicans at the end of 2010.


Ryan managed to spend most weekends sleeping in his brick home on a quiet street, although it meant his political team had to schedule fundraising and other events during the week. Those doubts are clear in the way they talk about the fight to replace Ryan.

She also reminded the current Republican leader in the House that he had once promised to do more to make the GOP more inclusive. "So we want to lay out a set of principles that any speaker has to follow", Virginia Representative Dave Brat, a Freedom Caucus member, said.

A top GOP fundraiser, Eric Tanenblatt, said he expects Ryan to remain a force in a tough cycle.

House Speaker Paul Ryan says his family came first when considering if he should run for re-election in November.

But a fight between two Republicans - for lawmakers' affections and donor dollars - would certainly be a distraction. He had been expected to face a challenge from Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., the majority whip, but Ryan suggested that Scalise would back McCarthy, echoing comments Scalise himself made Thursday.

Already discord is showing.

Equally important might be who the party chooses as its new leader in the House. But he acknowledged others prefer the leadership race settled with a unified party message heading into fall. But he said a lot has changed since 2015.

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