Paul Ryan endorses Kevin McCarthy as his successor for speaker

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Washington D.C. [USA], April 14 (ANI): Speaker of the United States House of Representatives Paul Ryan, who is set to retire by the end of 2018, has elected US Representative Mc Carthy as his successor, according to reports.

On Wednesday, Ryan announced that he would not seek re-election to the House.

The story is developing.

Ryan told NBC that he believes House Majority Whip Steve Scalise - a reported candidate for the role along with McCarthy - thinks the majority leader is the best person for the job. He and McCarthy are expected to wage a furious effort to raise campaign funds for fellow House Republicans to shore up support for their potential leadership aspirations.

Since reluctantly taking the Speaker's gavel in October 2015 Ryan has struggled to unite different factions of the Republican party.

Scalise also told Fox News on Thursday that he does not plan to run against McCarthy.

During the White House press briefing Friday afternoon, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders declined to formally announce who President Donald Trump would support, although she noted that Trump had a "great relationship with Kevin McCarthy". "He and I are good friends".

So far McCarthy is only saying there isn't a race for Speaker yet. Ryan's retirement also suggests that the GOP could find it tough to hold onto its majority in the House at the midterm elections.

Ryan dismissed the possibility that Democrats would take over the House and pointed to recent accomplishments as evidence the party would keep its majority. "I think Kevin's the right guy to step up".