President Donald Trump last week addressed the latest round of speculation about the possibility of his becoming Speaker of the House next January in the event that Republicans retake the House in this year’s midterm elections. Trump said the speakership is “not something I want to do.”
Trump’s comments came during an interview with John Solomon and Amanda Head of Just the News. He said that a lot of people have “brought it up” but he expects to look at “doing something else.”
Several Republicans running for positions in Congress this fall have brought up the idea of naming Trump as the replacement for Nancy Pelosi as Speaker. Last week at a Trump rally in Commerce, Georgia, Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) said he plans to nominate Trump for the position. He said to voters that if they give Republicans the ability to fire Pelosi, he would take steps to impeach Joe Biden in addition to nominating Trump.
As the crowd cheered wildly in response to Gaetz’s comments, Trump offered thanks to the crowd and said, “Well, that was interesting.”
Conversations with Trump about the prospects of becoming Speaker date back at least to last summer during an interview with Steve Bannon and conservative radio host Wayne Allyn Root. At the time, Trump also responded to the idea by saying it was “very interesting.”
Although no person has ever served as Speaker who was not a sitting member of the House, the Constitution does not require the Speaker to be a member. It appears currently that Trump is both willing to let discussions about his possible nomination as Speaker and about his possible run again for the Presidency in 2024 circulate.
Trump said last November that he will most likely wait until after the 2022 midterm elections to announce a final decision about running again for president. He has certainly done nothing to quiet the rumors circulating among Republicans and pundits that he will make another White House run.