Paul Ryan backs Rep. Kevin McCarthy to succeed him as House speaker

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House Speaker Paul Ryan is backing Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy as his successor. Kevin McCarthy, the current Majority Leader, is seen as the favorite, and has the support of the White House and Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-Louisiana).

Ryan told NBC he believed having McCarthy step in would work toward a more smooth transition in House leadership.

"We have a good relationship with Kevin, we have a good relationship with Scalise but we don't even know who else is running", the senior official said. "And then we got to keep the majority". And this is politics.

Ryan took over the Speakership in 2015 after John Boehner (R-Ohio) retired due to hostilities with the House Freedom Caucus, a conservative coalition that opposed significant portions of Boehner's agenda. "There will be a de facto battle for Speaker, or minority leader, that will ensue over the coming weeks, not months".

Ryan announced his retirement Wednesday. "Our members are still just digesting the fact that Paul made this dramatic announcement today".

Ryan said during an interview with NBC's "Meet the Press" that McCarthy should take the speaker's gavel after Ryan leaves Congress in January.

"It would be a real honor for Bakersfield to have the next speaker of the House to be our Congressman who was born and raised here". Scalise has said publicly that he would not run against McCarthy.

President Trump also added the United States was "prepared to sustain this response until the Syrian regime stops its use of prohibited chemical agents". "Certainly should Kevin pursue this and win the support of his colleagues, we can look forward to his leadership on agriculture, energy and water, which are critical to our local and national economic success", Goh said. McCarthy was also considered the favorite in his first bid for speaker before protest from the conservative wing of the caucus derailed his bid. If more high ranking Republicans retire, the Republicans will have a very hard time holding onto the House.

Representative Walter Jones (R-N.C.), a conservative member, is not in the favor of McCarthy becoming the next speaker.

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