Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) commented on Sunday that the U.S. appears vulnerable due to an open Speaker position, coinciding with Israel’s declaration of war in response to a significant coordinated strike by Hamas the prior day.
While speaking with Maria Bartiromo on Fox News’s “Sunday Morning Futures,” Greene was asked if the election for the Speaker would be hastened in light of the recent aggressive acts by Palestinian militants against Israel.
Greene responded affirmatively, noting, “We’re noticeably vulnerable right now. It’s essential to realize that while Republicans hold a majority in the House of Representatives, it’s a slim one, and that’s only one segment of the federal governance.
“It was a decision I couldn’t support when last week eight of our Republican colleagues sided with the entire Democratic House members, symbolically dropping the gavel for anyone to claim. Such a move is not prudent when you’re at the helm of the House,” she elaborated.
In the backdrop, the GOP in the House is looking for a new spearhead after the recent ousting of former Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.). McCarthy has intimated he won’t vie for the Speaker role, while both Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) and House Majority Leader Steve Scalise (R-La.) have expressed their intentions to run for the position.
However, Greene remained tight-lipped about her preferred choice, emphasizing the need for clarity on specific legislative matters, one being a bill proposing the prohibition of gender-confirming surgeries for minors. Additionally, she’s keen to understand positions on discontinuing aid to Ukraine during its conflict with Russia.
Greene emphasized, “I want clarity from those seeking the Speaker’s chair on these subjects. It’s the appropriate approach for me. I seek responses because I voice the concerns of my constituents. Prospective Speakers should be prepared to address these topics comprehensively.”
“I desire a Speaker that garners collective support and embodies the aspirations of our Republican electorate. They’re inclined towards a vision akin to President Trump’s,” she penned. “I yearn for a cohesive party rather than fragmented into multiple groups. I envision a unified front to challenge the Democrats and safeguard our nation.”