House Speaker Paul Ryan Denies Retirement Reports

The Hill reports:

Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) says he’s not quitting Congress anytime soon. Asked at the end of his weekly press conference whether he was leaving Congress “soon,” Ryan chuckled and replied as he walked off the stage: “I’m not, no.”

Rumors have been swirling for weeks that Ryan — who this October marked his second year in the Speaker’s office — could resign from Congress shortly after passing his No. 1 legislative priority: tax reform.

The House and Senate are expected to pass a final version of their historic tax-cuts bill next week, with President Trump planning to sign it into law by Christmas Day.

Also from The Hill:

President Trump called Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) on Tuesday to address reports he plans to leave Congress after 2018, which the Speaker assured him are inaccurate, according to the White House.

“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 Huckabee Sanders said at her daily briefing.