On October 23, Mr Trump announced he was staying out of the race for leadership of the US House of Representatives, even though several candidates were seeking his endorsement.
according to station CBS NewsLast week, Mr Trump endorsed Congressman Jim Jordan. At the time, Mr. Trump called Congressman Jim Jordan a “shining star” and that he would be a “great” speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives. However, after three unsuccessful rounds of voting in the House of Representatives, Mr. Jordan was withdrawn from nomination by the Republican Party on October 20.
Mr Trump attended a Republican event in Michigan in June. Photo: Reuters
“I talked to most of the candidates and they’re great people,” Mr Trump told reporters. Mr Trump said several Republicans had contacted him and asked for support. However, the former president said he is “trying to stay away” from the volatile race.
Joking with reporters, Mr Trump said only one candidate could win enough full support.
Mr Trump said at a presidential campaign rally in New Hampshire on October 23: “There’s only one person who can do that. Do you know who he is? Jesus.”
Deputy Democratic leader in the House of Representatives Katherine Clark (center) criticizes Jim Jordan after lawmakers voted in the third round to elect the Speaker of the House on October 20. Photo: AP
Despite the turmoil of the previous two weeks, Republican Congressman Don Bacon expressed optimism by appearing on the evening of October 23, saying: “I think tomorrow night we will have a new president.”
The Republican Party plans to discuss the candidates on October 23 at 6:30 pm (US time), then vote internally to choose delegates at 9:00 am on October 24. Acting Speaker of the House of Representatives Patrick McHenry said he plans to hold a vote as early as October 24 to elect a new leader.
There are currently eight Republican candidates running for Speaker of the House, although it is unclear whether any of them can garner the required 217 votes.
The absence of leadership in the US House of Representatives for several weeks has left the US Congress unable to respond to the Russia-Ukraine and Israel-Hamas conflicts, as well as take action to prevent a government shutdown when temporary funding legislation for the federal government comes up. I am also unable to. Expires November 17th.
Facing gridlock in the House of Representatives, several Republican lawmakers have called for expanding the powers of acting House Speaker Patrick McHenry. Republican Representative Mike Lawler said: “I don’t think the results will change. We need to hand over power to Mr. Patrick McHenry.”