“My focus is totally on [the presidency]. If I can help them during the process, I’ll do it. But we have some great people in the Republican Party that could do a great job as speaker,” Trump said.
At least three House Republicans have publicly called for Trump to be named the next speaker of the House after Kevin McCarthy was removed Tuesday. McCarthy has said he does not plan to seek the speakership again, setting up a race for his replacement as Reps. Steve Scalise and Jim Jordan have already launched their bids.
Trump, whose first venture into politics was running for president, has no grounding in the legislative process and has never indicated he would want to become speaker. In its history, the House has never had a speaker who wasn’t a member of Congress — though it technically isn’t a constitutional requirement.
Rep. Troy Nehls (R-Texas) was the first to suggest it Tuesday on X, the platform formerly known as Twitter. Rep. Greg Steube (R-Fla.) followed suit in a post Tuesday evening: « @realDonaldTrump for Speaker.”
And Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) said on X that the only candidate she is supporting as speaker is Trump.
Jordan, though, is insisting that Trump is better suited for the White House.
“He’d be great, but actually, I want Donald Trump to be the next president of the United States,” Jordan of Ohio said on Fox’s “Hannity” on Tuesday evening. “If he wants to be speaker, great, but I want him to be president of the United States.”