Updated Oct 6, 2023 - Politics & Policy

Trump endorses Jim Jordan for House speaker

Representative Jim Jordan, a Republican from Ohio, right, speaks on stage with former US President Donald Trump during a 'Save America' rally in Vandalia, Ohio, US, on Monday, Nov. 7, 2022.

Former President Trump and Rep. Jim Jordan at a rally in Vandalia, Ohio, last November. Photo: Joshua A. Bickel/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Former President Trump endorsed Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) early Friday to succeed ousted House Speaker Kevin McCarthy.

The big picture: Trump announced his support for the House Judiciary Committee chair hours after telling Fox News Digital that he would accept the speakership for "a short period of time" while GOP lawmakers looked for a long-term holder.

What he's saying: "Congressman Jim Jordan has been a STAR long before making his very successful journey to Washington, D.C., representing Ohio's 4th Congressional District," the leading Republican presidential primary candidate said in a post endorsing Jordan on his Truth Social platform just after midnight,

  • "He is STRONG on Crime, Borders, our Military/Vets, & 2nd Amendment," Trump added.
  • "Jim, his wife, Polly, & family are outstanding - He will be a GREAT Speaker of the House, & has my Complete & Total Endorsement!"

Between the lines: Jordan, a founding chair of the hard-right Freedom Caucus, has already won endorsements from several McCarthy allies and also some of the Republican hardliners whom Axios' Andrew Solender notes have come down hard on past GOP speakers.

  • Moderates concerned with his closeness to Trump and some swing-district members are reluctant to back Jordan and some conservatives have said they would like a fresh face in leadership, reports Axios' Juliegrace Brufke.

What we're watching: Trump is considering going to the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday in his first visit there since the Jan. 6 riot as House Republicans aim to end their civil war with a speakership vote one day later, per Axios' Sophia Cai and Brufke.

Go deeper: Bitter GOP rivalries return with a vengeance in speaker's race

Editor's note: This article has been updated with new details throughout.

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