Donald Trump Supports Speaker Amid Greene’s Threat

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Former President Donald Trump expressed his backing for House Speaker Mike Johnson amid a potential challenge from GOP Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene. At a news conference held at Mar-a-Lago, Trump commended Johnson’s performance, stating that they have a good relationship and emphasizing the complexity of Johnson’s position. The event, initiated by Johnson, served as a platform for the speaker to garner political support as he faces pressure from within his party, particularly regarding aid to Ukraine.

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Johnson’s meeting with Trump also aimed to gauge the former president’s stance on a Ukraine aid package, a contentious issue that could impact both the legislation and Johnson’s speakership. Additionally, the joint conference addressed concerns about state proposals allowing non-citizens to vote, with Johnson promising a vote on legislation requiring proof of citizenship to vote in federal elections.

Trump’s involvement in House GOP dynamics could significantly influence the speakership battle. Allies of Johnson have urged Trump to publicly support him or refrain from interfering in party disputes. Trump’s recent call to kill the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) complicated Johnson’s efforts to pass reauthorization legislation, showcasing Trump’s ability to disrupt GOP agendas.

While Johnson initially enjoyed conservative support, his leadership has faced criticism for collaborating with Democrats on key bills, leading to tensions within the party. Despite Trump’s support, Greene persists in her campaign to remove Johnson from his position. The outcome remains uncertain, with House Republicans wary of returning to the internal chaos experienced after Kevin McCarthy’s ousting.