In blow to Republicans, US House speaker refuses to seek re-election

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Ryan said in a press conference shortly after the announcement was issued that he was stepping down to spend more time with his children, who are in their teenage years.

By triggering a House leadership struggle when the party should focus on defending its congressional majorities and advancing Trump's agenda, Ryan dismayed some Republicans already concerned about their prospects with United States voters in November.

Mr. Ryan also has some and more overt significant failures - to conservatives and Republicans at least. Ryan said in a January interview with CBS News that re-election was a decision he and his wife were planning to make together in late spring, and in March he denied a rumor that he wouldn't seek re-election.

Ryan said on Wednesday that he would not seek re-election in November, dealing a blow to fellow Republicans and President Donald Trump before the congressional elections.

Ryan called GOP leaders as well as Trump and Vice President Mike Pence personally on Wednesday morning to tell them the news, according to Politico. And I guess one question I have is, is - with Ryan leaving, is this very much now President Trump's party?

"But I have given this job everything".

The fears of a wave election that would sweep Republicans from power in the House and perhaps usher in Democrat-led impeachment proceedings in 2019 are now heightened with the coming exit of Speaker Paul Ryan.

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"With these two-year election cycles, it's a natural part of the process", Banks said of the House churn. "It works better to have private conversations than public disputes", Ryan said.

He says he has no regrets after having accomplished a lot, including the tax cuts, which have been the centerpiece of his agenda.

"This morning Speaker Ryan shared with his colleagues that this will be his past year as a member of the House". Regardless of political affiliation, the country is in "some very risky times", with many Americans doubting "some very iconic agencies", and having lost "faith and trust" in a model of government that the rest of the world looks to. He said, if I wanted to fire Robert Mueller in December, as reported by the failing New York Times, I would have fired him - just more fake news from a biased newspaper.

House Speaker Paul Ryan's leadership lieutenants say it's not yet time to jockey to succeed him.

Most people will understand that, we think.

Ryan's plans have been the source of much speculation amid Republican concerns over keeping their majority in the House of Representatives.

Ryan, best known for his failed vice presidential run and his workout regimen, insisted Trump had nothing to do with his decision, but it's more likely that Ryan just didn't want to dump on Trump on the way out the door.

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