On Thursday, Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio mentioned he had a productive talk with former President Donald Trump regarding Jordan’s ambition to be the next House Speaker. However, he didn’t confirm if he received Trump’s endorsement.
Speaking with NBC News, Jordan made it clear that he would not advocate for the removal of Rep. Matt Gaetz from Florida, even after Gaetz played a pivotal role in dethroning Rep. Kevin McCarthy of California from the speakership recently.
Jordan, known for his close ties with Trump, mentioned, “I’ve discussed various topics with the former president,” hinting about their conversation on the speakership without giving details.
On Thursday, Trump, in a post on Truth Social, indicated his willingness to assist in the selection process for the next House Speaker. This was a day after he did not dismiss the possibility of taking up the role himself.
Jordan expressed his differences with Gaetz’s recent moves against McCarthy but felt that ejecting Gaetz from the GOP caucus, a step some members are pushing for, isn’t the right move. Emphasizing unity, Jordan said, “Though I don’t concur with his actions, I see him as a valuable member of our caucus and believe in coming together.”
On the topic of whether an individual should have the power to initiate a motion to oust a House speaker, especially after Gaetz’s recent actions, Jordan stated it’s a decision for the GOP conference. He added that any change to this rule would necessitate a majority vote, emphasizing the need for complete Republican agreement. He stated his reluctance to seek Democratic support, as it would come with conditions.
Being in sync with McCarthy, Jordan is a prominent figure in the current impeachment proceedings against President Joe Biden and probes into Biden’s administration. Yet, Jordan believes he can maintain a professional rapport with Biden, saying, “As speaker, there’ll be a mutual understanding and interaction.”
Regarding his ties with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Jordan described their relationship as “positive.” However, on the subject of war funding, which Jordan is against but McConnell supports, Jordan believes he stands with the majority of Americans.