In announcing his retirement, Ryan claimed he accomplished most of what he set out to do in Congress. The decision comes ahead of the November 6 midterm elections that were already looking treacherous for Republicans, who risk losing control of the House, The Washington Post reported Wednesday.
"If we do our jobs, we're going to be fine", he said. After leaving a meeting with Ryan Wednesday morning, Republican Representative Charlie Dent said the Republicans were in a "no-win" position with Trump, stuck between competing pressures to be both loyal to and critical of the president, according to CNN reporter Manu Raju.
"Realistically, the chances were low of anything getting done anyway", Feehery said.
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". "I am announcing that this year will be my last one as member of the House".
Trump related to Ryan's decision in a post on Twitter on Wednesday.
It will also fuel speculation that Ryan is eyeing a coming Democratic surge, fueled by opposition to President Donald Trump, that could wrest control of the House from Republicans' grip. We are proud of Paul and the work he has achieved over the years.
Dent is among the ranks of retiring Republicans, and that status has led him to become much more blunt than many of his colleagues about how Trump has scrambled the GOP's identity and electoral prospects. Wasserman notes that 57 other Republicans represent districts in states where the legal deadline for declaring campaign plans has not arrived.
If the party moves away from Trump, it will turn toward someone not too closely associated with him - and Ryan, the Republican vice presidential nominee in 2012, would be one of a limited number of choices. And though his retirement will change things for Republicans, I don't see the decision as bailing out or jumping ship, as some in the media have gleefully suggested.
Kelly said he wasn't concerned about Ryan's departure from a party perspective.
Allowing that to happen could rekindle the budget battles that consumed Congress for much of 2017 and early 2018, a scenario lawmakers had hoped the $1.3 trillion March spending bill had averted through November's congressional elections.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., called Ryan a "transformational conservative leader" and "happy warrior". He was elected House speaker in 2015 after former House speaker John Boehner retired. Ryan may have had photogenic biceps but it turns out he had no backbone and was easily pushed around by giant cheese puff Trump. "I particularly appreciate the Speaker's support for working with us to advance landmark legislation to fight sexual harassment in the workplace and the help that he has always given to recruit more women in the Republican conference".