Advisers close to Donald Trump have expressed skepticism regarding Florida Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz’s claim that the former president supported the move to oust House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, according to a report by NBC News.
McCarthy was removed as the House Speaker on Tuesday, a historic move triggered by Gaetz, who forced a vote on the “motion to vacate.” Eight conservative Republicans, along with all 208 Democrats, joined forces to remove McCarthy from his position.
Before the vote, Trump posted a comment on Truth Social, questioning the internal strife within the Republican party and urging them to focus on countering the Radical Left Democrats instead.
Following the House vote, Gaetz claimed he had Trump’s backing, stating, “My conversations with the former president leave me with great confidence that I did the right thing.”
However, Trump’s advisers expressed doubts, pointing to the president’s Truth Social post earlier in the day. They emphasized the need to hear Trump himself confirm his support for Gaetz’s actions.
Despite Gaetz’s statement, Trump has not publicly addressed the effort to remove McCarthy from his role as speaker. Currently, Trump is the frontrunner for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination.
During the recent government funding battle, Trump reportedly spoke to some lawmakers and advised conservative members that they could take necessary actions. However, his involvement in the move to oust McCarthy remains unclear, with some conservative members claiming they did not hear from Trump on this matter.
In the interim, Rep. Patrick McHenry, R-N.C., will serve as the acting speaker until the House votes for a new speaker. McCarthy confirmed on Tuesday that he will not seek reelection for the position of speaker.