Trump calls on House Republicans to let committee chairs stay on the job longer

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump faces high stakes in meeting with Erdoğan amid impeachment drama Democrats worry they don't have right candidate to beat Trump Trump threatening to fire Mulvaney: report MORE on Monday called on House Republicans to let committee chairs stay in their positions for longer than the allotted six years.

“It forces great people, and real leaders, to leave after serving,” Trump tweeted Monday morning. “The Dems have unlimited terms. While that has its own problems, it is a better way to go.”

Trump added that changing the rule will mean that “fewer people, in the end, will leave!”

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Trump’s call to end the term limits for committee chairs comes as several Republican lawmakers have announced their retirement in recent weeks.

To date, at least 15 House Republicans have said they will not seek reelection, with Reps. Bill FloresWilliam (Bill) Hose FloresDemocrats push to end confidentiality for oil companies that don't add ethanol The Hill's Campaign Report: Warren, Sanders overtake Biden in third-quarter fundraising The Hill's Morning Report — Trump broadens call for Biden probes MORE (R-Texas) and Jim SensenbrennerFrank (Jim) James SensenbrennerAmash: Some retiring GOP lawmakers may reenter politics once Trump is gone FTC Democrat raises concerns that government is 'captured' by large tech companies Hillicon Valley: FCC approves T-Mobile-Sprint merger | Dems wrangle over breaking up Big Tech at debate | Critics pounce as Facebook's Libra stumbles | Zuckerberg to be interviewed by Fox News | Twitter details rules for political figures' tweets MORE (R-Wis.) announcing their retirements most recently.

Sensenbrenner previously served as a chairman of the House Judiciary Committee.

Trump last year railed against the self-imposed term limits in a similar fashion, lamenting his displeasure and calling for them to be removed, according to the Washington Examiner.

“We have a lot of chairmen that left because they’re chairmen for six years, and then they don’t want to stay because they can’t be chairmen,” he said at the time.

The term limits for committee chairs are self-imposed by the GOP in order to bring new members into leadership. They were first imposed by former Speaker Newt GingrichNewton (Newt) Leroy GingrichMORE (R-Ga.) in 1994.