Gayle King Grills Paul Ryan on Lack of Diversity in GOP

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House Speaker Paul Ryan announced Wednesday that he will not seek re-election after months of rumors to that effect

She says she's looking forward to having more balance in the family's life.

The Congressional Budget Office estimated that the Republican tax bill Ryan pushed previous year will result in a federal deficit of $1.5 trillion in 2020.

King tried to get Ryan to throw the president under the bus, asking him if "Trump fatigue" played a role in his decision to not run for reelection. "He may just want to put those rumors to rest and bow out gracefully".

Tapper asked, "First, I want to get your thoughts on - The New York Times is reporting the Federal Bureau of Investigation when it raided the offices of Trump lawyer Michael Cohen they were looking for information about the "Access Hollywood" tape and possibly attempts by Cohen to suppress damaging information about Mr. Trump".

For his part, Ryan maintained Wednesday that his departure would have no impact on the 2018 landscape.

So who should take Ryan's position as House GOP leader?

On immigration, Ryan said he "would like to see a border security solution" paired with the immigration measure, but he said Democrats should accept a plan that they already rejected.

Since 2015 Paul Ryan has been the Speaker of the House.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who has worked with Ryan, praised his colleague's tenure.

Neither Scalise nor McCarthy have acknowledged a race for Ryan's job or definitively denied it. They have been complicit in propping up a misogynistic racist in the White House, enacting a tax reform plan grossly skewed to the benefit of their wealthy contributors, and rolling back decades of progress in civil rights and environmental protections. He says he has given the job "everything that I have". "And we need more minorities, more women in our party", Ryan replied.

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Another GOP donor said he hasn't heard those concerns.

It's unlikely that the two sides will compromise on much legislation in an election year.

In an interview Thursday, CNN reports, Ryan was pressed by CBS News host Gayle King about the photo. And she commends him for his "steadfast commitment to our country".

Property Speaker Paul Ryan claims he'll continue being the most effective Republican in the room until slumping in January, despite calls for a direction transition and also queries from inside his caucus regarding a dragged-out course of action harming the celebration at the November mid-terms. He appears to be a truly good man. We are with you Paul!'

"You were one of the main people that said you wanted to do more for the Republican Party-you wanted to expand the base", King reminded Ryan.

The speaker is by far the most prominent figure fleeing Congress in a long season of Republican retirements. Ryan had made tax cuts a centerpiece of his legislative agenda, and Congress delivered on that late previous year.

The speaker had been heading toward this decision since late previous year, said a person familiar with his thinking, but as recently as February he had considered running for another term. Both sought anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly.

Ryan's brand of politics, an uplifting fiscal conservatism rooted in his admiration of his former boss, Jack Kemp, seemed ascendant as recently as 2012, when Mitt Romney chose to add him to the presidential ticket.

Ryan and his wife have three children.

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