McCarthy Backs Trump, Would Consider Cabinet Position

In an interview to be aired this weekend on “CBS News Sunday Morning,” former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), who announced his sudden resignation from the House this week after being the first speaker to be ousted in U.S. history earlier this year, said that he will be firmly behind President Donald Trump in next year’s presidential election.

“I will support the president. I will support President Trump,” McCarthy declared. “I expect Trump to be the GOP nominee and that he will win reelection.”

McCarthy’s political career has been a blend of partnership and disagreement with the 45th president over recent years. Their relationship has seen ups and downs, and McCarthy was notably hesitant to openly endorse President Trump’s bid for a second term when he was still the acting speaker. His statements since resigning his House seat could now signify reconciliation and greater hope for a united front in the Republican party leading into the critical 2024 election cycle.

“The Republican Party is expanding every day, and I am committed to lending my experience to support the next generation of leaders,” McCarthy wrote in a recent op-ed in The Wall Street Journal.

McCarthy also said he would be willing to take on a role in Trump’s cabinet if the opportunity arises and he is deemed the best fit for the position. “In the right position, look, if I’m the best person for the job, yes,” McCarthy said.

McCarthy took a somewhat distanced position toward Trump after the events of January 6, 2021. His statements since resigning his seat and a recent visit with President Trump at Mar-a-Lago suggest their friendship has been mended and a new strategic partnership may be underway.

The internal strife in the GOP since the party retook control of the House after last year’s midterm elections has largely focused on McCarthy. After a difficult election as speaker that took 15 roll-call votes in January, he was effectively removed by a coalition of conservative House members led by Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL).

McCarthy’s endorsement of President Trump’s campaign could mark a significant move toward reconciliation and harmony within the GOP as voters yearn for a shift away from the leftist and globalist policies of the Biden administration and a return to America First governance.