Speaker Paul Ryan eyeing retirement after 2018 midterm elections

Speaker Paul Ryan eyeing retirement after 2018 midterm elections

CNN, however, reported Thursday that sources close to the Speaker backed up Ryan's denial at least in the short-term, saying it was unlikely he would resign the Speakership after tax reform is finished.

House Speaker Paul Ryan denied reporters he's contemplating retirement, telling reporters Thursday he has no plans to step down anytime soon.

UPDATE (2:24 p.m.): White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said that President Trump has spoken to Ryan, and said he was "very unhappy" if this news was true. "The Speaker assured the President that those were not accurate reports and that they looked forward to working together for a long time to come".

Ryan's spokeswoman Ashlee Strong said in a statement that the Politico story was based on 'pure speculation'. (John Boehner resigned as speaker of the House after watching Pope Francis deliver a joint address to Congress in 2015.) A devotee of the objectivist Ayn Rand, Ryan has made it his life's work to dismantle the so-called welfare state.

However, with so many deals left to accomplish - which Ryan will have to reach across the aisle for votes for - and his need to fundraise for the party, he reportedly doesn't want to be seen as a "lame-duck".

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Ryan speaks earlier this year in Washington.

"I ain't going anywhere", he said while leaving the Capitol.

While attempts to change Social Security and Medicare have nearly always ended badly for Republican elected officials - George W. Bush's push for Social Security privatization went nowhere and crippled his second term legislatively - Politico reports that Ryan won't have to deal with any massive electoral blowback because he already has one foot out the door.

Ryan stands to face the usual crop of opponents next year in Wisconsin, including a primary challenge from conservative Paul Nehlen.

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