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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.