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 McCarthyOn The Money: Midterms to shake up House finance panel | Chamber chief says US not in trade war | Mulvaney moving CFPB unit out of DC | Conservatives frustrated over big spending bills Midterms to shake up top posts on House finance panel The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by United Against Nuclear Iran — Kavanaugh confirmation in sudden turmoil MORE (R-Calif.) reportedly talked with President TrumpDonald John TrumpGrassley: Dems 'withheld information' on new Kavanaugh allegation Health advocates decry funding transfer over migrant children Groups plan mass walkout in support of Kavanaugh accuser MORE about his potential bid to replace Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanDems see Kavanaugh saga as playing to their advantage How does the 25th Amendment work? Sinema, Fitzpatrick call for long-term extension of Violence Against Women Act 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 JordanGOP set to move 4B spending bill despite Trump criticisms Hillicon Valley: Trump cyber strategy lets US go on offense | AT&T urges court to let Time Warner merger stand | Conservatives want wife of DOJ official to testify | Facebook, nonprofits team up to fight fake news | DC camera hacker pleads guilty FBI memos detail ‘partisan axes,’ secret conflicts behind the Russia election meddling assessment 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.