Republicans nominate Trump protégé and Ukraine aid opponent for House speaker
Members of the US Republican Party elected Congressman Jim Jordan for Speaker of the House of Representatives. Earlier, Kevin McCarthy was removed from this position.
This was reported by Bloomberg on Friday, October 13. The party held a secret ballot, which resulted in Jordan defeating Austin Scott.
At the same time, only 152 Republicans said they would support his candidacy during the election. 55 said they would not.
Jordan's candidacy is to be submitted to the full House of Representatives for consideration. To become the legitimately elected speaker, a Republican needs to win at least 217 votes, which is a majority.
Jordan is a far-right and conservative Republican, as well as a close ally of the 45th President of the United States, Donald Trump. He was one of the initiators of the investigation into the activities of the family of the current US President Joe Biden when he was vice president.
In addition, Jim Jordan opposes funding military aid to Ukraine to help it fight Russia's invasion. In particular, he voted against additional appropriations for Ukraine for 2022 and against additional aid for 2023.
Moreover, he supported amendments prohibiting any military aid to Kyiv and repealing the Lend-Lease law.
In September 2022, Jordan called Russia an aggressor and noted that the United States should support Ukraine, but "the American taxpayer is not obligated to keep giving, giving, and giving."
"The most pressing issue for Americans is not Ukraine. It's the situation on the border, and it's crime in the streets," he said.
According to the article, the Republicans for Ukraine Initiative, which promotes support for Ukraine among GOP voters, gave Jordan the lowest grade (F).
As reported by OBOZ.UA, on October 3, Speaker of the US House of Representatives Kevin McCarthy was dismissed from his post early. The speaker's resignation was initiated because of his agreements with the White House to prevent a "shutdown" in the United States.