Congressman Kevin McCarthy easily defeated a challenge from Congressman Jim Jordan for the position of House Minority Leader this afternoon. Jordan will likely be the ranking minority leader on the House Judiciary Committee, pitting him against Democrats intent on unleashing a mass of anti-Trump investigations.
MCCARTHY wins 159, Jim Jordan 43.
— Elaina Plott (@elainaplott) November 14, 2018
NEWS: @realDonaldTrump is trying to play peacemaker btw @GOPLeader & @Jim_Jordan, asking them to cut a deal of some sort. Has lit up the rumor mill that Trump is pushing Jordan to be his top Judiciary defender, the position Jordan wants https://t.co/2VKm1I7tdZ
— Rachael Bade (@rachaelmbade) November 14, 2018
The president’s relationship with McCarthy has been overwhelmingly positive over the course of the first two years of the Trump administration. It was McCarthy who often had to act as peacemaker between the president and outgoing House Speaker, Paul Ryan who remained an anti-Trumper—behind closed doors. It was also McCarthy who led the charge for passage of the Trump tax cuts, work which the president is said to have been very impressed by.
President Trump is also on very good terms with Congressman Jordan who has been a stalwart supporter of the president’s since 2016. If President Trump has called on both men to make a quick peace and get ready for what will likely be a contentious ongoing battle with the new Democrat House majority, it is likely that is exactly what will happen.