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Trump considers visiting the Capitol amid race for speaker, GOP sources say

Trump considers visiting the Capitol amid race for speaker, GOP sources say


WASHINGTON — Former President Donald Trump is contemplating a go to to the U.S. Capitol early subsequent week as divided Home Republicans take into account who ought to be the subsequent speaker, two GOP lawmakers and two Trump allies confirmed.

Trump, who hasn’t set foot on Capitol grounds since earlier than the Jan. 6 riot, is contemplating making an look to “unify the celebration,” stated a Republican lawmaker who mentioned the likelihood with a member of Trump’s interior circle Thursday morning. 

The information web site The Messenger first reported the opportunity of Trump’s go to.

Former President Donald Trump in court docket in New York on Wednesday.Spencer Platt / Getty Photographs

Whereas a small handful of Republican lawmakers have urged Trump himself ought to be the subsequent speaker, he stated Wednesday his focus is on reclaiming the White Home, and the 2 Republican lawmakers stated they don’t consider he’s significantly within the place. 

Trump wrote Thursday on Fact Social that he “will do no matter is critical to assist with the Speaker of the Home choice course of, brief time period, till the ultimate choice of a GREAT REPUBLICAN SPEAKER is made.”

However Trump additionally reposted a submit from Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., that he ought to be the subsequent speaker.

Steve Bannon, a high adviser to Trump within the White Home who runs the “Struggle Room” podcast, which is in style with Trump supporters, stated he believes Trump will communicate to the Republican Convention on the Capitol on Tuesday. He stated Republicans ought to select Trump as an interim speaker for 100 days.

“He’s the one one now that may unite the celebration when it must be united for the subsequent 100 days,” Bannon stated in a phone interview. “He can come and be that bridge to the convention truly popping out and electing a speaker that then can full the 118th Congress.”

It isn’t clear that there’s a method for that to occur with out Trump’s successful a tough-to-achieve majority within the full Home.

Democrats, who voted to question Trump over his efforts to overturn the 2020 election and his position within the lethal assault on Jan. 6, 2021, had robust reactions to information of Trump’s attainable go to.

“Criminals are inclined to return to the scene of the crime,” Rep. Brendan Boyle, D-Pa., wrote on X.

Rep. Veronica Escobar, D-Texas, who was amongst these trapped within the Home chamber through the Capitol assault, stated, “We are going to want further safety — not for him, however for members and employees and the personnel on the Capitol.

“His presence, as we’ve realized solely too effectively, is a risk to norms, order, and he has develop into more and more violent in his rhetoric not too long ago, which is why we’d like safety for everybody else,” she stated.

To date, two big-name GOP lawmakers are vying to succeed McCarthy, who made historical past Tuesday as the primary speaker ever to be ousted by a proper vote of the Home.

The Structure doesn’t require that the speaker be a member of the Home, however no nonmember has ever been elected. In protest, Home members have voted for individuals who aren’t lawmakers earlier than, however no severe effort has ever been undertaken by somebody who isn’t a consultant.

What Trump would hope to perform by visiting the Capitol amid an intraparty combat is an open query. Whereas some sources cautioned that he may nonetheless decide to not go, they agree it’s an actual risk.

The No. 2 Home Republican, Majority Chief Steve Scalise of Louisiana, formally launched his marketing campaign for speaker Wednesday, as did Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, a key Trump ally on Capitol Hill.

Jordan endorsed Trump for president in March. Scalise hasn’t endorsed anybody within the GOP presidential major marketing campaign.

Jordan stated in an interview Thursday that has spoken to Trump about his speaker’s bid however declined to get into particulars.

“I had an amazing dialog with the president,” he stated.



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