Headline RoundupApril 14th, 2024

Trump Stands Behind Speaker Johnson Amid Looming Ouster Threat from Marjorie Taylor Greene

Summary from the AllSides News Team

Former President Donald Trump stood behind House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) amidst Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene’s (R-GA) threats to bring a vote to ouster the Speaker.

Key Quote: Trump, standing next to Johnson at a news conference at Mar-a-Lago on Friday said, “We’re getting along very well with the Speaker and I get along very well with Marjorie… I think he’s doing a very good job… and I’m sure that Marjorie understands that. She’s a very good friend of mine and I know she has a lot of respect for the Speaker.”

For Context: Johnson continues to find himself at odds with hardline Republicans such as Taylor Greene who are frustrated with the Speaker’s ostensible inclination to approve more Ukraine aid and approach to the crisis on the southern border. Johnson, who replaced former Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) was endorsed by Trump, and has endorsed him for President. Taylor Greene is also one of Trump’s most vocal supporters.

FISA: On Wednesday, 19 Republicans joined Democrats to stop the reauthorization of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) after Trump urged his followers on Truth Social to “Kill FISA.”

How The Media Covered It: CNN (Lean Left bias) and The Hill (Center bias) included context on the tanked FISA reauthorization. The Hill called it “an embarrassing blow to Johnson.” CNN said this is Trump showing “how he can make governing even harder for Johnson.” National Review (Lean Right bias) did not mention FISA.

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