Paul Ryan Won't Run for Reelection

House Speaker Ryan told confidants he won't run again Axios

Claiming he's accomplished a "heckuva lot", House Speaker Paul Ryan announced Wednesday he will not run for re-election and will retire next year, injecting another layer of uncertainty as Republicans face worries over losing their majority in the fall. He is an adult who, despite being dealt a hard hand, was by far the best speaker since Newt Gingrich.

Ryan is known to have been critical of Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign.

In questions after his announcement, Ryan told reporters today he's still confident with Republican chances in the 2018 elections. He has represented Wisconsin's 1st District in the lower chamber since 1999.

But Ryan again declined to directly comment on the president, saying he does not wish to "score points", and believes he and Trump "have a very good dialogue".

House Speaker Paul Ryan's retirement stunner is the equivalent of the captain of a ship jumping overboard before it sinks.

Both men spoke at the closed-door meeting, delivering tributes to Mr Ryan.

President Donald Trump praised him, tweeting "Speaker Paul Ryan is a truly good man".

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"We're going to ask to a great degree you have to have a debate in Congress", he said.

"I hate to see him go, but there's a time for everything", and he has "the right perspective", he said.

Ryan has left his stamp on how congressional Republicans look at Medicaid, the public health insurance program for the poor.

Ryan has been in Congress since 1999 and became House speaker in 2015 after serving successively as chair of the House Budget Committee and chair of the House Ways and Means Committee. The Wisconsin Republican and former Vice President candidate will have served three years as leader of the U.S. House of Representatives after he replaced John Boehner.

"I don't like what he's done with the state or any of the other Republicans in this state and I'm happy to see him gone and would like to see a change", Gibson says. Several GOP veterans have announced plans to retire in recent months and another, Rep. Dennis Ross of Florida, quickly followed Ryan on Wednesday.

And least a few buddies together with a leader of this tea-party movements have publically and privately suggested they could add to the congressional rankings following November, giving power in direction voting to them. Republicans should learn from his successes, but also from how constraints within the party are limiting the options of those in leadership positions. Ryan may have had photogenic biceps but it turns out he had no backbone and was easily pushed around by giant cheese puff Trump. "He genuinely cares about every American, and we share a belief that conservative ideals will help improve the lives of even our most marginalized populations". Ryan had to navigate the waters of a party that was not only fighting from within, but that was hijacked by a president whose erratic behavior has never been helpful.

Rep. Mark Meadows, who heads the rebellious House Freedom Caucus that often complicates the speaker's job, agreed the party was probably heading into rockier waters.

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