Paul Ryan considering retirement in 2018

Elias Hubbard
December 16, 2017

President Donald Trump was concerned enough about losing an ally to call him personally, and White House press secretary Sarah Sanders gave reporters a readout in her early afternoon briefing.

"I'm not, no", Ryan said Thursday when asked if he is leaving office soon.

The CNN report said that exhaustion with President Trump was one of the reasons cited for Ryan mulling over his retirement from Congress.

Ryan and his office have also denied the reports. Paul Ryan understands that his Republican party, the Republican party that he is leading right now is hugely unpopular and they're going to get spanked in the 2018 midterms and if he stays on as speaker of the house, that's on him.

A story published Thursday by Politico indicated that Capitol Hill insiders think the Wisconsin Republican intends to retire at the end of his term.

In September 2015, House Speaker John Boehner, a devout Catholic, hosted a reception where he met the pope.

Speculation about Paul Ryan's future is swirling in Washington, DC.

Ryan's spokeswoman, AshLee Strong, called the rumors "pure speculation" in a statement. However, with so many deals left to accomplish - which Ryan will have to reach across the aisle for votes for - and his need to fundraise for the party, he reportedly doesn't want to be seen as a "lame-duck".

Suggesting that Politico's reporting was not "very accurate", Sanders said she thought the news even surprised Ryan.

'It sounds like they're both committed to and looking forward to spending a lot more time together over the next, hopefully, seven [or] eight years'.

Ryan has easily won reelection nine times since first winning the 1st District seat in 1998, averaging a 28-percentage-point margin of victory every two years.

'The speaker isn't going to walk away from the job when he has a Republican president and a Republican majority in the Senate that's in zero danger of going away, ' the insider said. Ryan now fears a repeat of history, with GOP colleagues less than confident in his ability to usher their legislative agenda through Congress intact, according to the Politico story.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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