Back in December, when asked who he supported for speaker of the House, Donald Trump gave a strong endorsement to Kevin McCarthy, a Republican from California.
However, after McCarthy initially failed to win the vote, Trump seemed to rescind his support by telling a journalist from NBC he wanted to "see what happens" before announcing he was still backing McCarthy.
When I asked directly if he was sticking by McCarthy, who did not clinch the gavel today after three floor votes, Mr. Trump told me "we'll see what happens," and ended our conversation.
— Garrett Haake (@GarrettHaake) January 3, 2023
When the reporter publicly quoted Trump, it forced Donald to take a stand.
McCarthy should be happy, as Trump said:
Some really good conversations took place last night, and it’s now time for all of our GREAT Republican House Members to VOTE FOR KEVIN, CLOSE THE DEAL, TAKE THE VICTORY, & WATCH CRAZY NANCY PELOSI FLY BACK HOME TO A VERY BROKEN CALIFORNIA, THE ONLY SPEAKER IN U.S. HISTORY TO HAVE LOST THE “HOUSE” TWICE!