White House responds to rumor of Ryan retirement (video)

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House Speaker Paul Ryan has denied rumors circulating in the media that he is considering retiring from his role as a congressman.

Huffington post published a story Wednesday titled, “When will Paul Ryan step down?”

Thursday, Politico came out with a “bombshell report” titled, “Paul Ryan Sees His Wild Washington Journey Coming to an End.”

The Hill has published several articles Thursday, in which they list all the potential replacements for Ryan, saying they are “positioning themselves to climb the leadership ladder once Ryan makes a call.”

However, Ryan deflected the rumors when asked at his weekly press conference if he would be leaving Congress soon, responding with a laugh, “I’m not, no.”

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders also debunked the rumor Thursday.

“The president did speak to the Speaker not too long ago, and made sure that the Speaker knew very clear, in no uncertain terms, that if that news was true, he was very unhappy with it. The Speaker assured the president that those were not accurate reports, and that they look forward to working together for a very long time,” Sanders replied when asked about the rumor at the White House press briefing.

One reporter persisted, asking if the news caught President Trump by surprise? She responded that it sounded as if it actually caught Speaker Ryan by surprise, and that it “wasn’t very accurate reporting.”

Sanders said Trump and Ryan are looking forward to working together, hopefully for the next seven years.

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