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McCarthy ‘will support’ Trump in 2024, pans his message of ‘retribution’

Former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy has vowed to support Donald Trump in the 2024 presidential election and expressed his willingness to serve in the Cabinet, but he also reiterated the former president's campaign promise of “retaliation” against his supporters. criticized.

Mr. McCarthy (R-Calif.) was adamant in an interview aired Sunday that Mr. Trump would be the Republican nominee.

“Yes. And if Biden stays on as a presidential nominee, Democratic PartyI believe Donald Trump will win,” the Californian told “CBS Sunday Morning” in response to a question about Trump's support from Republicans.

Asked if that was an endorsement, McCarthy replied, “I support the president. I support President Trump.”

Over the summer, Mr. McCarthy caused a stir in the Trump world by questioning whether the 45th president would be the most powerful standard-bearer for the Republican Party.

He later backtracked and reiterated his remarks about the former president, who remained mostly on the sidelines during the October caucus revolt.

Donald Trump is the overwhelming front-runner in the 2024 Republican primary. Getty Images

For months, Mr. McCarthy repeatedly stopped short of officially endorsing the 2024 race, but was sure to praise Mr. Trump.

McCarthy announced last week that he would leave Congress by the end of the year. He was ousted as chairman in October after eight Republican senators, along with a powerful bloc of Democrats, staged an insurrection to overthrow him.

When asked about accepting a cabinet post, Mr. McCarthy kept the door open.

“You're in the right spot. Look, if I'm the best person for the job, then yeah,” McCarthy responded.

“I worked with President Trump on a lot of policy. We worked together to get a majority, but we also have a very honest relationship with each other.”

Kevin McCarthy appeared to support Donald Trump in a CBS interview. AFP (via Getty Images)

In the very same interview, Mr. McCarthy also criticized President Trump's retaliatory message.

In a speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference at the Gaylord National Convention Center in March, Trump vowed “retaliation” against his supporters.

Since then, Trump has repeatedly campaigned on a “retaliation” platform.

“He needs to stop it,” McCarthy told CBS about the messages about retaliation. “He needs to stop it.”

McCarthy dismissed concerns that Trump would not listen to him, arguing that the former president has a history of “adapting once you have all the facts.”

The former president helped Kevin McCarthy take the speaker's gavel in January, but remained largely on the sidelines during the October insurrection. Getty Images

“The United States does not want the idea of ​​retaliation,” McCarthy continued. “When it comes to rebuilding, restoration and renewal, I think you can see that.”

“I'm not going to change who I am. And I'm not going to stop giving him advice. And look, I lost the chairmanship. Maybe I don't have the best advice. But “The one thing I know is that I love this country.''

Late last month, McCarthy appeared to have floated the name of former South Carolina governor and U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley as Trump's running mate.

“If you're choosing a purely political decision, the anti-Trump vote seems to be going to Nikki Haley in today's climate,” McCarthy said at the New York Times' 2023 Dealbook Summit. Ta.

“But the question is, who do you choose to serve? That's another question you should have. And it's about addition.”

Kevin McCarthy is open to serving in Donald Trump's cabinet if he retakes the White House in 2024. AP

McCarthy also criticized Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.), who led the effort to oust him.

“History will show who Matt Gaetz really is,” McCarthy said, declining to say whether he would support a primary challenge against him.

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