Newly elected Speaker of the House Mike Johnson endorsed former President Donald Trump for re-election in 2024.
Johnson made his endorsement during a Tuesday appearance on CNBC’s Squawk Box with host Joe Kernan.
Kernan noted President Joe Biden, who is currently seeking re-election, would likely be the Democratic nominee in the 2024 presidential election. The CNBC host also noted Johnson was a “big Trump guy” and “Trump ally,” though had not publicly thrown support behind the former President during the 2024 presidential campaign.
“I have endorsed him wholeheartedly,” Johnson replied.
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“Look, I was one of the closest allies that President Trump had in Congress,” the Speaker said. “He had a phenomenal first term. Those first two years, as you all know, we brought about the greatest economic numbers in the history of the world, not just the country, because his policies worked and I’m all in for President Trump.”
“I expect he’ll be our nominee,” Johnson concluded. “He’s gonna win it and we have to make Biden a one-term president.”
Johnson, a constitutional lawyer, secured Speakership in late-October after nearly a month of House Republican infighting in the wake of former Speaker Kevin McCarthy’s removal from the office. Johnson’s candidacy for Speaker followed a series of other House republicans including Majority Leader Steve Scalise, Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan, and Majority Whip Tom Emmer.
McCarthy is the first Speaker in U.S. history to be removed.
Johnson assisted the former President’s defense team during the House’s impeachment effort in 2020.
Trump currently holds a 43.4 point advantage over runner up and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, according to RealClearPolitics. DeSantis leads fellow Republican candidate and former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley by 5.7 points. Haley is followed by entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy and former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.
South Carolina Senator Tim Scott suspended his presidential campaign on Sunday.
North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum has consistently trailed in the polls and failed to qualify for the third Republican presidential debate held in Miami last week. Burgum has insisted he will remain in the race until the New Hampshire primary scheduled for Jan. 23 next year.
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