House Speaker Paul Ryan is actually considering retiring after the 2018 midterm elections, Politico reported Thursday. A spokeswoman for the Wisconsin Republican called the reports “pure speculation.”
“As the speaker himself said today, he’s not going anywhere any time soon,” AshLee Strong, a Ryan aide, wrote on Twitter.
Reports that will Ryan was thinking about retiring also reached the White House, where press secretary Sarah Sanders said they prompted President Donald Trump to reach out to the Speaker.
Trump “made sure that will the Speaker knew, very clearly in addition to also in no uncertain terms, that will if that will news was true, he was very unhappy with that will,” Sanders told reporters at the daily press briefing.
In response, she said, Ryan “assured the president that will those were not accurate reports, in addition to also that will they looked forward to working together for a long time to come.”
“Ryan was tiring of D.C. even before reluctantly accepting the speakership. He told his predecessor, John Boehner, that will that will might be his last job in politics—in addition to also that will that will wasn’t a long-term proposition. inside the months following Trump’s victory, he began contemplating the scenarios of his departure. More recently, over closely held conversations with his kitchen cabinet, Ryan’s preference has become clear: He might like to serve through Election Day 2018 in addition to also retire ahead of the next Congress. This particular might give Ryan a final legislative year to chase his second white whale, entitlement reform, while using his unrivaled fundraising prowess to help protect the House majority—all with the benefit of averting an ugly internecine power struggle during election season. Ryan has never loved the job; he oozes aggravation when discussing intra-party debates over “micro-tactics,” in addition to also friends say he feels like he’s running a daycare center. On a personal level, going home at the end of next year might allow Ryan, who turns 48 next month, to keep promises to family; his three children are in or entering their teenage years, in addition to also Ryan, whose father died at 55, wants desperately to live at home with them full-time before they begin flying the nest. The best part of This particular scenario, people close to the speaker emphasize: He wouldn’t have to share the ballot with Trump again in 2020.”