Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) said President Donald Trump should not be able to call out House Republicans if they don’t support him for the speaker.
King said Tuesday that the House GOP has already endorsed Rep. Mark Meadows (R) for speaker, but he said the president should not try to turn them against him.
Meadows, who is considered one of the more moderate members of the House, has made it clear he doesn’t believe Trump will stick to the party’s platform and has called on him to step down.
King has not endorsed Meadows yet, but the congressman said Tuesday in an interview with Fox News that Meadows should not have to go through that.
“Mark Meadows should be the speaker,” King said.
“He has the endorsement of the majority of the caucus.
There’s a good chance he could have the support of the entire caucus.”
King said that Meadows’ party is in a tough spot because its members are divided on a number of issues.
King’s comments came after Meadows’ office released a statement Monday saying that the congressman’s office was “unable to find a time” for the pair to meet in person.
The statement from Meadows’s office said the two were “looking forward to having this opportunity to talk about our shared goals and priorities for our party.”
Meadow’s office did not respond to a request for comment.
In addition to Meadows, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has called for the House to support House Speaker Paul Ryan (R), a former Wisconsin congressman who has a history of criticizing Trump.