McCarthy endorses Trump for president

 December 10, 2023

Former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) is endorsing former President Donald Trump in 2024. 

This is one of two recent, big announcements from McCarthy. The other big announcement is that he is retiring from Congress.

McCarthy announced his retirement in an op-ed that he recently wrote for the Wall Street Journal. And, McCarthy announced his endorsement of Trump during a recent interview with CBS News.

This all comes after McCarthy was recently ousted from the House speakership position.

"I will support the president."

During the interview, McCarthy said, unambiguously, "I will support the president. I will support President Trump."

This came as a surprise to some because McCarthy and Trump have not always seen eye-to-eye. In addition to this, Trump supporters played a large role in McCarthy's ouster. But, nonetheless, McCarthy is supporting Trump in 2024.

The former House speaker, during the interview, was also asked whether he would accept a cabinet position from Trump should Trump win in 2024 and offer him such a position. McCarthy answered in the affirmative.

"In the right position, look, if, if I’m the best person for the job, yes," McCarthy said.

He added, "Look, I worked with President Trump on a lot of policies. I, we, worked together to win the majority. But we also have a relationship where we’re very honest with one another."

McCarthy's resignation

McCarthy's Journal op-ed is titled, Kevin McCarthy: I'm Leaving the House but Not the Fight. It was published on Dec. 6, 2023.

"No matter the odds, or personal cost, we did the right thing. That may seem out of fashion in Washington these days, but delivering results for the American people is still celebrated across the country. It is in this spirit that I have decided to depart the House at the end of this year to serve America in new ways. I know my work is only getting started." McCarthy wrote.

McCarthy did not reveal what he has lined up, but he did say that he "will continue to recruit our country’s best and brightest to run for elected office" and that he is "committed to lending my experience to support the next generation of leaders."

McCarthy went on to provide more hints about the direction of his future, writing, "It often seems that the more Washington does, the worse America gets. I started my career as a small-business owner, and I look forward to helping entrepreneurs and risk-takers reach their full potential. The challenges we face are more likely to be solved by innovation than legislation."

Trump has yet to comment on McCarthy's retirement.

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