Trump supports Speaker Johnson amidst uproar

( – Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) and Thomas Massie (R-KY) want to oust Speaker of the House Mike Johnson (R-LA). The lawmakers are angry over the Republican leader’s decision to work with Democrats to get key bills through the lower chamber. Former President Donald Trump has now weighed in on the issue.

In March, Johnson negotiated with Democrats to keep the government open. Greene introduced a motion to vacate the speaker while the House was voting on the appropriations bills that ultimately passed. She said she wasn’t going to push for a vote at the time and it served as more of a warning.

On April 20, Johnson once again worked with Democrats. This time it was to pass a massive $95 billion foreign aid package. After the House passed the bills, the anger directed at the speaker grew louder. The next day, Greene appeared on Fox News and told Maria Bartiromo that Johnson’s time as speaker had reached its conclusion and demanded he resign. She claimed the Republican Party was going to carry out Trump’s policies. However, she couldn’t explain what the GOP would do to replace the speaker if he was ousted.

On April 22, POLITICO’s Meridith McGraw posted on X, formerly Twitter, saying Trump still supported Johnson. She reported the former president called the speaker “a very good person” and said that “he’s trying very hard.” Trump also pointed out the GOP has a slim majority in the House and it’s not as if he can get everything he wants.

Trump’s words of support for the speaker didn’t stop Greene. A day later, she posted on X, criticizing “the establishment” for complaining there’s “too much drama” and that it was “too risky to go through another” race for the speakership. She went on to say, “Complete surrender is not acceptable and will not be tolerated.”

Massie echoed Greene’s words about “complete [and] total surrender” not being tolerated any longer.

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