The most powerful Republican in the US Congress, Speaker of the House of Representatives Paul Ryan, announced Wednesday that he would not run for re-election in the upcoming elections, adding to the confusion and chaos at the White House.
The position of Speaker of the House of Representatives is the third largest in the US political hierarchy.
In announcing his retirement, 48-year-old Paul Ryan kicked off a run for power in the Republican Party a few months before the mid-term elections in November.
The Democratic opposition should try to take advantage of this opportunity to regain the majority in the House, which experts consider more and more likely.
Elected to Wisconsin in the House of Representatives since 1999, Mr. Ryan has chaired it since 2015.
He reluctantly agreed to run for the position after John Boehner’s departure, and had made it a condition to return to his family every weekend.
This year will be my last as a member of the House. It’s a job that does not last forever.
Paul Ryan said on Wednesday he was worried that his three children, all born after his first congressional election, see him as a half-time dad. However, he said he did not regret accepting these responsibilities.
He will serve until the end of his term and will retire in January.
Disagreement with Donald Trump
Speculation about his departure had circulated several times in recent months, because he never fully adhered to the political vision of President Donald Trump, elected on a platform nationalist and populist under the label Republican.
A supporter of economic liberalism, a militant Catholic and opposed to abortion, Paul Ryan is considered a representative of the party’s right wing.
Earlier this year, he had to deny rumors of resignation in their magnitude. However, he said he would discuss his future later in the year with his spouse.
President Trump paid tribute on Twitter to a “really good man” who “will leave an indisputable political legacy”.
Paul Ryan, who was Mitt Romney’s running mate when he ran for president in 2012, gave no hint of political ambitions. In an interview with CNN, however, he said he would not run for president of the United States.