US President Donald Trump has reportedly told US House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan he would be “very unhappy” if the Republican retires after the elections next year.
Ryan told his closest confidants that his current term as House Speaker will be his last and that they did not expect him to remain in Congress beyond 2018, POLITICO reported on Thursday, citing several people who know the speaker, including fellow lawmakers, congressional aides, conservative intellectuals and party lobbyists.
White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters later on Thursday that the president had spoken to Ryan, after the POLITICO report was published.
“The president did speak to the Speaker not too long ago and made sure that the speaker knew very clearly — and in no uncertain terms — that if that news was true, he was very unhappy with it,” Sanders said.
“The speaker assured the president that those were not accurate…