Former President Donald Trump doesn’t want to be nominated as House speaker, said a spokesperson in dispelling speculation about the possibility.
The former president “has zero desire to be Speaker,” Jason Miller, the former president’s outgoing spokesman, told Punchbowl News. The Epoch Times has contacted Miller for comment.
The Constitution doesn’t bar someone who is not a member of Congress from being elected as speaker of the House. However, in U.S. history, House speakers have always first been elected to the House.
The speculation about Trump becoming House speaker gained momentum when the former president was asked about the possibility during an interview with commentator Wayne Allyn Root.
“You know, it’s very interesting,” Trump said when asked about a congressional bid in early June.
And on Monday, Trump was asked about the possibility of being nominated if Republicans retake the House during the 2022 midterms.
“Well, I’ve heard the talk and it’s getting more and more,” the former commander-in-chief said in the interview. “But it’s not something that I would’ve considered but it is certainly—there’s a lot of talk about it. I have a good relationship with Kevin and hopefully we will do everything traditionally,” he said, referring to House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.).
Separately, McCarthy told Fox News that in conversations with Trump, the former president said that he believes McCarthy should be the House speaker.
“He tells me he wants me speaker, and I think he should be president,” he said.
Several days ago, a statement sent out by Trump’s office confirmed he will be holding his first post-presidential rally on June 26 in Ohio.
“President Trump’s first of many appearances in support of candidates and causes that further the MAGA agenda and accomplishments of President Trump’s administration,” the former president’s Save America PAC stated. During the event, Trump will endorse former adviser Max Miller, who is running for Congress against Rep. Anthony Gonzalez (R-Ohio), one of 10 Republicans in the House who voted to impeach Trump earlier this year.