Apr 17, 2018 - Politics & Policy

Paul Ryan denies retiring because of Trump

Paul Ryan speaks at a podium.

Paul Ryan. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

House Speaker Paul Ryan told CNBC’s Joe Kernen Tuesday that it’s “fake news” that he’s leaving Congress because he doesn’t want to deal with President Trump anymore.

Yes, but: Ryan allies told Axios earlier this month that once Ryan passed tax reform, his longtime dream, he was ready to step out of the frustrating role of Speaker, in part due to Trump.

Other buzz from the CNBC interview: Ryan said “never say never” when it comes to running again and that his plan is to “come up with my plan in 2019.”

Watch the "Squawk Box" interview.

Go deeper