Former President Donald Trump
is posting his support for Republican House Speaker candidate Mike Johnson and urging Republicans to “get it done quickly” ahead of a possible House speaker vote later today.
“He is respected by everyone and that is what we need. It looks like it’s going to happen,” Trump told reporters Wednesday morning. “I told the truth about him today, and last night you saw it. He is spectacular and perhaps for many more years he will be very good. So we’re very happy about that.”
He later said that Johnson is “popular, smart and clever. He’s going to be fantastic.”
Trump had posted earlier on Truth Social, the morning after Republicans chose Johnson as their second speaker candidate of the day on Tuesday night.
“Congratulations to the Republicans in Congress! Yesterday was a big and very important day. It gave us a quick and easy path forward with five candidates who are beyond reproach and represent the best there is in the Republican Party,” he said.
“Even the fake news media is impressed with what happened yesterday and, more importantly, with the candidates themselves. Congratulations to Representatives Byron Donalds (Florida), Charles J. “Chuck” Fleischmann (Tennessee), Mark Green (Tennessee), & Roger Williams (Texas), and the ultimate winner of yesterday’s vote, by a significant margin, Mike Johnson (Louisiana),” he said.
“I am not going to make an endorsement in this race, because I COULD NEVER GO AGAINST ANY OF THESE GOOD AND VERY TALENTED MEN, all of whom have supported me, both in mind and spirit, since the beginning of our GREAT Victory of 2016. In 2024, we will have an even bigger and more important WIN! My strong SUGGESTION is to go with the frontrunner, Mike Johnson, AND DO IT, FAST! WITH LOVE, DJT.”
Fox News’ Lawrence Richard contributed to this report.