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Mediaite reports that former Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) has not reached out to former President Donald Trump for assistance in maintaining his position as a small group of GOP dissidents posed a threat to his speakership in recent weeks and days.

Although Trump played a significant role in helping McCarthy secure the speaker’s position earlier in the year, McCarthy has refrained from seeking Trump’s support. Sources suggest that this decision stems from McCarthy’s desire to avoid being pressured into endorsing Trump’s bid for the Republican presidential nomination.

Republican lobbyist Sam Geduldig, who has ties to McCarthy, explained that McCarthy opted not to seek Trump’s assistance because it would imply an endorsement of Trump for the presidency, a move that could pose challenges within the Republican Party. McCarthy is known for his negotiation skills but is cautious about making a deal that might appear to prioritize his own interests over those of his fellow party members.

Throughout Trump’s presidency, McCarthy was seen as a close ally on Capitol Hill. However, their relationship faced strains after McCarthy briefly criticized Trump following the events of January 6. Nonetheless, McCarthy later worked to mend the relationship by visiting Mar-a-Lago for a photo opportunity with Trump.

As of the current moment, McCarthy has not publicly endorsed any candidate in the 2024 GOP presidential primary. He has oscillated between appearing to support Trump’s potential candidacy and expressing hope that another candidate might emerge as the party’s nominee.

“IF HE [MCCARTHY] WAS TO ASK TRUMP FOR HELP TO INTERVENE ON HIS BEHALF THAT WOULD MEAN HE’D HAVE TO ENDORSE TRUMP FOR THE PRESIDENCY AND THAT OPENS UP A WHOLE HOST OF CHALLENGES FOR HIS COLLEAGUES.”

“MCCARTHY MAKES DEALS WHEN HE THINKS HE NEEDS TO BUT RENTING OUT THE SPEAKER’S OFFICE AND CUTTING A DEAL TO SAVE HIS OWN SKIN AT THE EXPENSE OF HIS MEMBERS IS AGAINST HIS CODE,” HE ADDED.”

In a June interview with CNBC’s Joe Kernen, McCarthy suggested that Trump could win a general election against President Joe Biden but also raised questions about whether Trump was the strongest candidate to do so. By September, McCarthy appeared more inclined to dismiss Trump’s primary challenger, Ron DeSantis, stating that Trump was in a stronger position than he was in 2016 or 2020 and was likely to secure the nomination.

McCarthy’s political maneuvers and evolving stance on Trump’s role within the Republican Party underscore the intricate dynamics at play as the GOP charts its course in terms of future leadership and presidential prospects.

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