Speaker Paul Ryan eyeing retirement after 2018 midterm elections

UNITED STATES- APRIL 26 Speaker Paul Ryan R-Wis. conducts a news conference after a meeting of the House Republican Conference in the Capitol

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Ryan shot down suggestions Thursday that he might soon be retiring.

"The speaker assured [President Trump] those were not accurate reports and they look forward to working together for a long time to come", she said.

Ryan has apparently been quite exhausted of DC for a while, and when he was elected Speaker of the House, he made it clear to then-Rep.

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Ryan's father was only 55 when he died, which is reportedly influencing the politician's desire to spend time with his family before his sons move out to live on their own. On Thursday, Politico claimed to not have found a single source willing to say they thought Ryan would remain in Congress past January 2019 in the over 30 they interviewed.

The 47-year-old Wisconsin Republican, who first joined Congress in 1999 and was elected House Speaker in October 2015, told some of his "closest confidantes" he's thinking about stepping down following the 2018 midterm elections, Politico reported.

Washington Post White House reporter, Josh Dawsey, tweeted Thursday that President Trump reacted to the Poltico report with a direct call to Ryan.

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The report comes despite his recent legislative victories with the Trump administration.

. "As the speaker himself said today, he's not going anywhere any time soon", Ryan spokeswoman AshLee Strong said in a statement.

The 10-term congressman reluctantly accepted the speakership when John Boehner resigned, though he did not see it as a long-term position.

Politico's stunning analysis, though, held that he would put in just one more legislative year 'to chase his second white whale, entitlement reform, while using his unrivaled fundraising prowess to help protect the House majority'. According to Paul Ryan and what he's told people, he's pretty much accomplished all that he wanted to, all that he set out to do with his life in politics, which is give corporations massive tax breaks and that's likely to go ahead and pass next week.

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"It sounds like it may have caught Speaker Ryan by surprise", Sanders added discussing Ryan's relationship with Trump."Because I don't think it was very accurate reporting". "The speaker reassured the President "I'm not going anywhere!'"

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