President Trump mentioned U.S. Representative for the 23rd Congressional District Tom Reed during an interview outside of the White House on Saturday.
Trump was expressing his support for Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s bid for Speaker of the House.
Now that Democrats have a majority in the House of Representatives, they have to select a Speaker. Pelosi appeared an obvious choice initially, as she previously served in the position from 2007-2011.
The President has been very vocal in his support for Pelosi.
When asked if Republicans would follow his lead, and vote for Pelosi, President Trump said:
Well, I saw Tom Reed as an example. He’s a fine man — a congressman. I would call him a moderate. I’m not saying I can get them from the super conservative side, but maybe I even get them from there. But I don’t imagine she would need too many, but whatever number of votes she needs — if it’s 50, or 10, or 2, or 1 — she’s got them from me, automatic. So tell her opposition they’re wasting their time.”
Trump also tagged Reed in a Tweet on Saturday:
Reed has said he will only back Pelosi for Speaker if she agrees to support his proposed rule changes for the House, that aim to give more power to the average lawmaker.