Donald Trump played a key role in getting Kevin McCarthy across the finish line

Donald Trump played a key role in getting Kevin McCarthy across the finish line

Former President Donald J. Trump played a crucial behind-the-scenes role in brokering a compromise between House Republicans to elect Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) as House Speaker, lawmakers and a source familiar with the matter opposite Breitbart message.

In Friday night’s historic 15th vote for speakership, McCarthy finally sealed the deal and garnered the votes needed for the position.

The vote had been raging since Tuesday, when a bloc of 21 Republicans, driven largely by members of the House Freedom Caucus, repeatedly voted against McCarthy. However, the deal McCarthy and his allies struck with the delegation moved enough critics to land the speaker’s gavel on the California Republican.

According to several GOP congressmen and a source familiar with the talks, Trump was primarily responsible for finding the compromise.

Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), who will chair the 118th Congress’ Judiciary Committee and was a key player in those negotiations, commended Trump for his work in helping bring about an agreement.

“This cannot be done without the support and guidance of President Trump,” he told Breitbart News.

Rep. Byron Donalds (R-FL) also paid tribute to the 45th President’s role in the negotiations when speaking to reporters on Friday, noting that he “played a good part in it.”

“I want you to understand that this is a process by members of Congress and so members have had a lot of time together to try and get comfortable, have real conversations and come to a conclusion. ” he added.

Donalds supported McCarthy on the first day of the election, but when it became apparent that he did not have the votes at the time, Donalds began voting against him and was even nominated in numerous ballots for the position opposite McCarthy. Donalds was among the key votes that rallied behind McCarthy and allowed the 118th Congress to do business.

Another source familiar with the matter said Trump had been involved in the process since early December and had been making phone calls throughout the month to whip up votes and solidify support behind McCarthy. These calls were not one-off calls, but involved ongoing correspondence with many different legislators.

According to the source, Trump’s engagement continued throughout the week, including last night’s talks and this morning’s talks ahead of McCarthy’s crucial breakthrough.

On Friday night he called MPs Matt Gaetz (R-FL) and Andy Biggs (R-AZ), both of whom had voted against McCarthy for days, and told them the matter needed to be resolved. Ultimately, both voted present in the 15th round, helping lower the voting threshold for McCarthy.

ABC News investigative reporter Katherine Faulders first reported on the calls between Trump and Gaetz and Biggs.

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) told Breitbart News on Friday that Trump’s “big role” is in the negotiations. In particular, she pointed to his statements in support of McCarthy this week and the phone calls he made behind the scenes.

“The statements he made in support of Kevin McCarthy were cement to our 201, which refused to walk away from Kevin,” Greene said. “It said to a lot of them, ‘Look, the support is there. Trump tells everyone in this statement: “I’ll call. I work on the phones. I talk to everyone.” This was support needed at a critical time when members could have defected.”

greene closed, “And luckily they didn’t, because America is really on the verge of seeing the most conservative Republican Speaker of the House that they’ve seen in decades.”

DC-based photojournalist Al Drago noted that Greene was also on the phone with Trump on the floor Friday night, and she allegedly tried to get Rep. Matt Rosendale (R-MT) to speak to him after Rosendale was on the 14th ballot voted against McCarthy. The moment prompted a “heated exchange,” PunchBowl News reported.

Speaking to reporters Friday afternoon, Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) noted his three votes for Trump as speaker, noting that they resulted in Trump making history by receiving more speakership votes than anyone other past presidents.

“I’m very happy, just like him, that he now holds the record ahead of John Quincy Adams,” said Gaetz.

the New York Times reported Thursday that Gaetz’s third vote for Trump had actually broken Adams’ record.

Ashley Oliver from Breitbart News contributed to this report.

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