If Paul Ryan retires as House speaker, Steve Scalise could replace him

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Getty If Paul Ryan doesn't run for re-election his district will become a far more enticing pickup opportunity for Democrats

Ryan denied suggestions that he plans to depart, the report said.

The news outlet cited several people who know Ryan, including fellow lawmakers, congressional aides, conservative intellectuals and party lobbyists, saying they did not expect him to remain in Congress beyond 2018.

When asked by a reporter Thursday morning whether he would be quitting, Ryan said, "No".

Speculation about Paul Ryan's future is swirling in Washington, DC.

"The president did speak to the Speaker not too long ago and made sure that the Speaker knew very clearly ... that if that news was true he was very unhappy with it", White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said in the daily press briefing. Paul Ryan understands that his Republican party, the Republican party that he is leading right now is hugely unpopular and they're going to get spanked in the 2018 midterms and if he stays on as speaker of the house, that's on him.

While this is shocking on the outset, when viewed through the full lens of Ryan's life and career, it isn't entirely surprising.

Ryan himself has not yet commented publicly on these reports.

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The 10-term congressman reluctantly accepted the speakership when John Boehner resigned, though he did not see it as a long-term position.

Politico's stunning analysis, though, held that he would put in just one more legislative year 'to chase his second white whale, entitlement reform, while using his unrivaled fundraising prowess to help protect the House majority'.

Ryan aides, though, note the speaker recently transferred $1.9 million to the National Republican Congressional Committee, he is fully geared up for a re-election, and he has helped the NRCC win four special elections in 2017.

'The speaker isn't going to walk away from the job when he has a Republican president and a Republican majority in the Senate that's in zero danger of going away, ' the insider said.

"It sounds like it may have caught Speaker Ryan by surprise", Sanders added discussing Ryan's relationship with Trump."Because I don't think it was very accurate reporting".

Ryan's spokeswoman, AshLee Strong, called the rumors "pure speculation" in a statement. (Ryan is seven years younger than his father was when he passed away.) He has served in Congress since 1999.

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