WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Paul Ryan, the Republican speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, would like to retire after congressional elections in November 2018, Politico reported on Thursday, citing conversations Ryan has had with close confidants.
"Ryan has made it known to some of his closest confidants that this will be his final term as speaker," the report stated. "In recent interviews with three dozen people who know the speaker — fellow lawmakers, congressional and administration aides, conservative intellectuals and Republican lobbyists — not a single person believed Ryan will stay in Congress past 2018."
Asked by a reporter earlier on Thursday if he was quitting, Ryan responded, "I'm not, no," with a chuckle.
(Reporting by Tim Ahmann; Additional reporting by Richard Cowan; Editing by David Alexander)