Former President Donald Trump said on Monday he will not explore serving as Speaker of the House, quieting rumors that have recently circulated regarding the issue.
“I’ve seen talk about that, but it is nothing that I have ever considered,” Mr. Trump said during an appearance on America’s Voices News, according to the Washington Times.
Former Trump advisor Steve Bannon mentioned the idea during a recent interview about the former president. Trump appeared open to the idea when it was mentioned near that time.
The suggestion noted that the Speaker of the House does not technically have to be a member of the House. Instead, Republicans could take power of the House in 2022 and then vote Trump into Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) current spot.
Current Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) would serve as the most likely candidate for House Speaker if Republicans win back power in the House during the 2022 midterm elections.
Democrats currently hold only a slim margin of power in the House. Many Republicans have predicted a conservative comeback in 2022 as many House seats are in districts that could flip to Republicans.
Even if Republicans do with the House, it will apparently not be enough to interest Trump in a House Speaker position. Instead, he appears to be waiting for the results of the midterms before deciding whether to officially launch another run for the White House.
If so, he’ll face President Joe Biden in a rematch of 2020. The fierce battle will offer Trump the potential to become only the second person to serve a second term as president after losing a reelection.