Trump says he 'wouldn't rule out' being House speaker

By Jen Krausz on
 October 6, 2023

Former President Donald Trump said Wednesday that he "wouldn't rule out" being speaker of the House after a number of GOP members called him about it, although he remains "focused" on running for president.

"A lot of people have been calling me about speaker," Trump told reporters ahead of day 3 of his civil trial. "All I can say is we'll do whatever is best for country and for the Republican Party."

"We have some great, great people," he added.

Newsmax said that House rules do permit a nonmember to be Speaker, but it has never been done before.

But a speaker has also never been ousted before Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) was on Tuesday, so we are already in uncharted territory. House rules may prohibit Trump from taking the position because of his pending indictments, however.

A Trump speakership would be a circus, and the GOP probably doesn't need that right now.