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Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), who became the 55th speaker of the House of Representatives by a narrow margin after 15 rounds of voting, is receiving praise from former President Donald Trump and several lawmakers.

“Congratulations to Kevin McCarthy and our GREAT Republican Party,” Trump said in a post on Truth Social. “The ‘Speaker’ selection process, as crazy as it may seem, has made it all much bigger and more important than if done the more conventional way.”

The former president had supported McCarthy for the post of House speaker despite some hardline members from the party opposing the California lawmaker. Before the vote, Trump had called on House Republicans to unite behind McCarthy. Read more…