The White House is carefully monitoring the campaign to replace House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) but is thus far staying out of the brewing fight within the Republican caucus.
Following the passage of a continuing resolution that funds the government for the next 45 days, which McCarthy worked with Democrats on to get across the finish line, Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) announced a motion to vacate the speakership Monday night that could reach the floor later this week.
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Gaetz and other Freedom Caucus members stand in staunch opposition to sending Ukraine a “blank check” to fund its efforts to repel Russian invaders, while McCarthy has been one of the most vocal supporters of the Biden administration’s Ukraine policy.
White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre faced a bevy of questions regarding Gaetz’s threat during Monday’s press briefing, but she repeatedly claimed that the president was not taking a side in the feud.
FILE – House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) speaks as he meets with President Joe Biden to discuss the debt limit in the Oval Office of the White House, Monday, May 22, 2023, in Washington.
“He does not have a vote on this matter. It is something for House Republicans to decide,” she stated …