Ryan himself was more terse in his denial, responding to a shouted question about his departure at his weekly press conference with a simple, "I'm not, no".
The Politico report says the Janesville Republican, who has represented Wisconsin's 1st District in Congress since 1999 and has served as speaker since 2015, "has made it known to some of his closest confidants that this will be his final term as speaker".
Majority Whip Steve Scalise and Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy are already making plans to replace Ryan as speaker, the report revealed. Paul Ryan understands that his Republican party, the Republican party that he is leading right now is hugely unpopular and they're going to get spanked in the 2018 midterms and if he stays on as speaker of the house, that's on him. On the cusp of a major legislative victory - passage of a tax overhaul - Ryan would, the thinking goes, spend 2018 trying to tackle entitlement reform, while fundraising in an all-out campaign to keep the House majority. When he was elected House Speaker he told his predecessor former Rep. John Boehner he intended it to be his last job in politics.
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.
Washington Post White House reporter, Josh Dawsey, tweeted Thursday that President Trump reacted to the Poltico report with a direct call to Ryan.
'It sounds like it may have caught Speaker Ryan by surprise, ' Sanders said, 'because I don't think it was very accurate reporting'. Paul Ryan not only sees Randy Bryce as a major threat, somebody who could easily beat him, but Paul Ryan also understands that the public right now is pretty pissed off at the Republican party, not just the polls, but the electoral results that we've seen this past year since Donald Trump became president. He was hesitant to accept the role as Speaker to begin with, and said that he did not want this new position to interfere with spending time with his family.