Possible House leader Kevin McCarthy seen by Trump as ally

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan are backing Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy as the next speaker of the House.

McCarthy emerged from a midweek evening chat confident he had Trump’s backing to succeed Ryan as House speaker, said a GOP operative. Trump tried not to explicitly endorse McCarthy, said the other source, but it was clear the president would be “very happy” for McCarthy to ascend to the post.

In an interview with NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Ryan says McCarthy is “the right person.”

The endorsement comes after Ryan stunned Washington this week by announcing he would not seek another term in Congress this fall.

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