December 11, 2023

McCarthy Endorses Trump, Eyes Potential Cabinet Role

Former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) said that he endorses former President Donald Trump for president in 2024 and is open to serving on his cabinet.

McCarthy shared the comments during a CBS interview on "Sunday Morning."

"I will support the president. I will support President Trump," McCarthy answered when asked if he supported the former president.

"In the right position. Look, if I’m the best person for the job. Yes. Look, I worked with President Trump on a lot of policies. We worked together to win the majority. But we also have a relationship where we’re very honest with one another," he added in response to a question about serving in the Trump administration.

"For months, McCarthy repeatedly stopped short of issuing a formal endorsement in the 2024 contest, but made sure to laud Trump," the New York Post reported.

"McCarthy announced last week he will depart Congress by year’s end. He was deposed as speaker in October after eight Republicans staged an uprising with a solid bloc of Democrats to topple him," it continued.

The latest comments show that McCarthy has no plans to retire from politics but instead is looking to position himself for a future role outside of Congress in a future Trump administration.

The response of support comes with joy to some conservatives, though far-right lawmakers are likely to oppose McCarthy's involvement in the Trump administration.

The new interview also shows a top Republican and former speaker who sees Trump likely winning in 2024, an abrupt turn from a few months ago when many argued that he could not defeat Biden in the general election.

McCarthy's words mark a clear shift for another Republican who has joined in Trump's momentum as he gains ground on the president ahead of the 2024 primary season.


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