Ryan confirms he will not seek re-election during weekly presser
WASHINGTON (Circa) – During the Republican’s weekly news conference Wednesday, House Speaker Paul Ryan announced that he would not run for re-election.
"That is why today, I am announcing that this year will be my last one in the house," Ryan said. “I have given this job all that I have.
The speaker told the room of reporters that it was no secret that he was not originally interested in becoming as the speaker of the house, but was grateful to his colleagues for giving him the opportunity and honor to serve. Ryan said that he was particularly proud of the accomplishment he and the party made in tax reform and military spending.
“When I took this job one of my conditions is we aim high, do big things,” Ryan said.
However, the speaker said that the job could at times be all-consuming.
“It is easy for it to take over everything in your life,” Ryan said. “If I’m here for one more term, my kids will only have ever known me as a weekend dad.”
Ryan said that now that his children are teenagers he wants to enjoy more time with them. He also told the press that he plans to finish his term and not leave office early.
“I want to be clear; I’m not done yet. I plan to run through the tape,” Ryan told reporters.
President Donald Trump has tweeted that he supports Ryan's decision to not run for re-election.