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>> Speaker of the House Paul Ryan is dismissing a report that he plans to retire after the Congressional elections in 2018. Politico on Thursday reported Ryan had told close associates he plans to leave office after next year. And the new site says it conducted dozens of interviews with the lawmakers, lobbyists, and conservative thinkers, who all said they expect Ryan to step down.
But Ryan seemed to rule it out when asked about it Thursday at his weekly news conference.>> I'm not at, no.>> The questions about Ryan's future come as he and Senate Leader Mitch McConnell are steering a massive tax cut plan toward a likely final vote some time next week.
Ryan's office called the Politico report pure speculation, and said Ryan had no plans to leave any time soon. White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders was ready when the question came up at her daily briefing.>> The Speaker assured the president that those were not accurate reports. And that they look forward to working together for a long time to come.
>> Ryan has had a rocky relationship with President Donald Trump. The Wisconsin lawmaker slowed to endorse Trump on the campaign trail, and Trump at times critical of Ryan. Although the two have worked together this year on healthcare and the tax plan. Ryan took over reluctantly as speaker in 2015 following the resignation of John Boehner, during the round of fierce budget battles within his own party.
The same type analysts say Ryan himself will be facing in the coming months.