This Tuesday, the GOP nominated Paul Ryan to continue as speaker and also serve as the chief legislative partner to President-elect Donald Trump, says The Washington Post.
“Welcome to the dawn of a new unified Republican government,” he said to reporters, ahead of the voting.
There’s still a long road for Paul Ryan!
Of course, the mission is still not accomplished, as Mr. Ryan needs the votes of the majority of House members in January in order to win another term as House speaker. From a total of 435 members, he needs over 400 in order to be sure about his position.
Of course, let’s not forget that with just a few days before the election, there were a lot of internal tensions in the GOP, threatening Paul Ryan’s speakership. And yes, they’re still present, in some way or another, despite Donald Trump’s victory.
“I haven’t heard from him what he wants to change — what’s going to be different the next two years than the last two years?” said Rep. Raúl R. Labrador, one of the co-founders of the hard-line House Freedom Caucus. “So far, I’m not hearing anything about changing the way we do business here in Washington, so I’m not ready to support him yet,” he added.
Still, Mr. Labrador is part of a clear minority among House Republicans, as Paul Ryan enjoys broad support from the GOP.
Trump’s team is catching shape
This Sunday, Donald Trump also chose Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus as his chief of staff, while Stephen K. Bannon was appointed as chief strategist.
It will be very interesting to see how Trump and Ryan will get along, since it is well known that they have different points of view on several aspects, like trade policy, immigration and entitlement cuts.