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White House: Speaker Ryan assured President Trump reports of him stepping down are inaccurate

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- During the White House Press Briefing on Thursday, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders responded to reports of Speaker Ryan stepping down. 

"The President did speak to the Speaker not too long ago and made sure that the Speaker knew very clearly and 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 looked forward to working together for a long time to come." 

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Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) issued the following statement concerning reports that House Speaker Paul Ryan is considering retirement:

“I couldn’t be more proud of the work that my congressman and friend has done for the First Congressional District, Wisconsin and the United States of America. Paul has been an effective Speaker building consensus within the House on major reforms like health care and tax cuts while also maintaining his strong Wisconsin roots. As a leader of the conservative movement, his work is far from over and I’m confident his real plans are to remain in Congress as Speaker for many years to come.”


MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) – A Politico report says Paul Ryan may be calling it quits.

A reporter asked him about the report at his press conference Thursday morning.

"Are you quitting anytime soon?" the reporter asks. "I'm not...no...[laughter]," Ryan replied. 

According to the Politico report, “Ryan has made it known to some of his closest confidants that this will be his final term as speaker.”

The article goes on to say "He would like to serve through Election Day 2018 and retire ahead of the next Congress." 

CBS 58 is working to independently confirm this information. 

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