GOP rep pushes back on reported Ryan challenge

GOP rep pushes back on reported Ryan challenge
© Greg Nash

Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), a co-founder of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, on Tuesday again denied that Republicans are eyeing changes to House leadership.

In an interview with MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” Jordan criticized an editorial in The Wall Street Journal last week that called on Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), who chairs the House Freedom Caucus, to challenge Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanGOP lambasts Trump over performance in Helsinki Trump stuns the world at Putin summit Former Trump aide says he canceled CNN appearance over 'atrocious' Helsinki coverage MORE (R-Wis.) for his leadership position.

“It’s completely inaccurate. The patriotic thing and the right thing to do is what we told the voters we were going to do,” Jordan told “Morning Joe.”

“What did we tell them we were going to do at election time? Let’s get focused on that. No one’s talking about any type of change in leadership.”

Jordan on Sunday dismissed the suggestion that House Republicans were discussing a change in leadership.

Recent talk of a potential change in the lower chamber began after President Trump struck a deal with Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to raise the debt ceiling and fund the government for three months.

Conservatives wanted to tie spending reforms to raising the debt ceiling.

Jordan on Tuesday said the Journal should stop using unnamed sources and instead call his office.

“Why don’t you just call us?” Jordan asked on air. “We’ll be happy to give you the truth.”