House Speaker Paul Ryan, the leader of the Republican Party in the lower house of Congress, announced that he would be stepping down from his congressional seat come January, according to multiple sources.
Shortly before Ryan was scheduled to hold a news conference announcing his retirement, Trump tweeted that Ryan is “a truly good man and while he will not be seeking re-election, he will leave a legacy of achievement that nobody can question.”
Applause could be heard outside Ryan’s office shortly before 9 a.m. as he was meeting with staff. He shared the news with GOP lawmakers in a closed door meeting shortly afterward.
Ryan has been in the House since 1999 and ran unsuccessfully for vice president in 2012. He could be credited as a driving force behind the resurgence of the Republicans during the Barack Obama administration.
Jeremy Binckes is the senior news editor at Salon.com.