CONGRESS/GOP: “Former President Trump told reporters on Wednesday [October 4, 2023] he was focused on doing the ‘best thing’ for the Republican Party when asked whether he would serve as speaker of the House.

Trump added that he has fielded numerous calls about assuming the vacant speakership, but suggested he was more focused on winning the presidential election. He also said he would assist House Republicans with choosing a replacement for former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., who was ousted from the role in a dramatic vote Tuesday afternoon.

‘A lot of people have been calling me about speaker,’ Trump told reporters outside a New York City courtroom where he is on trial in a civil fraud case filed by New York’s attorney general. ‘All I can say is we will do whatever is best for the country and the Republican Party. We have some great, great people. A lot of people have asked me about it.'”

-Thomas Catenacci, “Trump weighs in on possible nomination for House speaker after McCarthy ouster,” foxnews.com, October 4, 2023