Paul Ryan Endorses Kevin McCarthy For Next House Speaker

"Kevin's the right guy to step up"

ABC News
House Speaker Paul Ryan says he believes his deputy, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, should be the next Speaker following Ryan's retirement at the end of the current session next January.

During an interview Friday, Ryan endorsed Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy as his successor.

“We all think Kevin is the right person to become Speaker,” Ryan told NBC’s Chuck Todd. “I fully anticipate handing the gavel over to the next Speaker of the House after this term, and I think Kevin’s the right guy to step up,” Ryan continued.

After Ryan voiced his support for McCarthy to be the next Speaker, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders was asked if the president agreed.

Sanders said Trump and McCarthy share a “great relationship” but she declined to echo Ryan’s endorsement at this time.