House Speaker Paul Ryan will not be running for reelection in November, Axios first reported on Wednesday morning.
Ryan later held a press conference announcing his plan (above).
They add: “Friends say that after Ryan passed tax reform, his longtime dream, he was ready to step out of a job that has become endlessly frustrating, in part because of President Trump.”
The NYT adds: “Mr. Ryan’s retirement will kick off a succession battle for the leadership of the House Republican Conference, likely between the House majority leader, Kevin McCarthy of California, and the House majority whip, Steve Scalise of Louisiana…Mr. Ryan’s decision to quit…caught many in the party by surprise. He had just hosted a donor retreat last week in Texas and most officials believed he would not leave until after November.”