Trump Wants Mike Johnson To Stay

( – Speaking to the Real America’s Voice radio station on Monday, April 21st, Donald Trump complimented House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) days after their friendly meeting at the Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida. Trump, who gave a speech at Mar-a-Lago in which he voiced his support for Johnson, chose Monday’s interview to reiterate his belief in Johnson’s capabilities as Speaker, even as others in the GOP seek to oust him from his position.

Johnson has struggled to keep different factions of his party happy while still working closely enough with the Democrats in order to make any substantial impact on legislation passing through the House, which the Republicans control by an uncomfortably slim majority, which may yet shrink with upcoming retirements. Some of the more hardline Republicans have voiced their disapproval of his apparent endorsement of the recent Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) renewal or the $61 billion aid bill to Ukraine and have expressed concerns that he has failed to represent their or their constituents’ interests.

One such critic is Rep. Marjorie Taylor-Greene (R-GA) who has submitted a motion to have Johnson removed from the Speakership, although she has since refused to progress the motion. Taylor-Greene, well known for her loyal support of the former president, appears to stand very far removed from Trump’s position on Johnson. Trump described him as a “good person” forced to operate with a single vote majority in the House. Trump spoke about how Johnson, who has been largely supportive of Trump in the past, had agreed with him on NATO and said that he was “trying very hard.”

The presumptive Republican presidential nominee also voiced his view that the Republican party needed to focus on increasing their House majority in the upcoming November elections as well as selecting “good senators” and focusing on removing some senators that fall short in his estimation, such as Utah’s Mitt Romney. Trump went on to say that the GOP needed to “have a big day [in November] and win the presidency.”

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