Despite staunch Republican allies championing the notion, former President Donald Trump says he has no interest in becoming Speaker of the House.
The political gambit has been suggested over the last year as a way for Trump to lead an impeachment drive against President Joe Biden, most recently by Florida GOP Rep. Matt Gaetz at Trump’s rally in Georgia over the weekend, but when pressed, Trump claimed he has other ideas.
“No, I don’t think it’s something I’d like to do. It’s brought up by a lot of people. No, I’m not interested in doing it. I’d like to have a look at what’s going on, and then we’ll go on to something else. No, it’s not anything that interests me ” he told Just the News creator John Solomon and Real America’s Voice correspondent Amanda Head.
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— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) March 30, 2022
Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) claimed at a Trump event in Commerce, Ga., on Saturday that if Republicans retake the lower chamber, he would nominate Trump for Speaker of the House.
“Well, that was interesting,” Trump said as he shook Gaetz’s hand and thanked him.
Steve Bannon pushed Trump to become Speaker of the House before making a more significant move. During an episode of his War Room podcast in August, the former White House senior strategist explored the unprecedented situation while criticizing Biden’s management of the Afghanistan withdrawal.
“Give us the authority to dismiss Nancy Pelosi, reclaim the majority, impeach Joe Biden, and I’ll nominate Donald Trump for Speaker of the United States House of Representatives,” the Florida Republican stated, drawing applause.
Trump has been tight-lipped about his plans for 2024, preferring to spend his time and energy lamenting the results of the 2020 election and promoting pro-business candidates for the 2022 election. But, according to a recent poll, he has more support than both Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris if they were to square off today.