McCarthy discussed Speaker bid with Trump at the White House: report

McCarthy discussed Speaker bid with Trump at the White House: report
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House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyHouse Republicans prepare to battle for leadership slots Scalise released from hospital after planned surgery House plans May vote to repeal auto-lending guidance MORE (R-Calif.) reportedly talked with President TrumpDonald John TrumpRand's reversal advances Pompeo New allegations could threaten Trump VA pick: reports President Trump puts on the pageantry for Macron’s visit MORE about his potential bid to replace Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanWatchdog group sues for donor list from Ryan-aligned nonprofit Terminating Budget Committees not as absurd as it sounds The writing is on the wall for bump stocks and Congress should finalize it MORE (R-Wis.) at the White House this week, where congressional GOP leaders met to discuss key agenda items.

Trump reportedly asked McCarthy, the current No. 2 House Republican, if he was intent on becoming the next Speaker and McCarthy told the president he wants the job, The Associated Press reported Saturday, citing sources familiar with the talk.

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While Trump did not verbalize his support outright, Trump was reportedly pleased with the idea of his longtime supporter and friend becoming the next Speaker. 

McCarthy, who has not yet officially declared his intentions to run for the position, reportedly left the meeting confident of Trump's support, though the executive branch is not involved in the selection.

Ryan on Friday publicly backed McCarthy to become his successor once he leaves office in January. To become the next Speaker, McCarthy must win the majority of votes in the chamber, where Republicans currently have a 23-seat majority.

"We all think that Kevin is the right person,” Ryan said in an interview on NBC's "Meet the Press."

The endorsement could quash infighting over the position, though Rep. Jim JordanJames (Jim) Daniel JordanCNN's Cuomo clashes with conservative lawmaker: You're 'selective in your outrage' Impeaching Rosenstein? Some Republicans are talking about it Tiberi endorses would-be successor ahead of GOP primary MORE (R-Ohio) — a founding member of the hard-line House Freedom Caucus — has left open the possibility of seeking the Speakership.

While Jordan remains a long shot to win, insiders believe the caucus could use the disarray to leverage McCarthy for promises on legislation or to gain more leadership positions in the chamber.