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The speculation started almost immediately.

House Speaker Paul Ryan announced on Wednesday that he would not seek reelection later this year, and some people online are hoping he parlays that into a Republican primary run against President Donald Trump in 2020.

Ryan, a former Republican vice presidential candidate, confirmed that he would not be seeking reelection during a press conference on Wednesday morning, citing a desire to spend more time with his family.

“This year will be [my] last one as a member of the House,” he said, adding: “I will be retiring in January, leaving this majority in good hands with what I believe is a very bright future.”

Trump even lauded the House Speaker shortly before the press conference began.

“Speaker Paul Ryan is a truly good man, and while he will not be seeking re-election, he will leave a legacy of achievement that nobody can question. We are with you Paul!” Trump tweeted.

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But some people think Trump’s praise of Ryan might be too soon, because they think the House Speaker may be gearing up for a Ryan 2020 campaign.

The speculation started quickly, with people even responding directly to Trump’s tweet.

Others just speculated about the House Speaker’s possible political future.

But some people were not so convinced Ryan could mount a serious challenge against Trump.

The House Speaker didn’t let on much about his political future during his press conference, but that hasn’t stopped the rampant speculation.

He also said he was “grateful” for Trump, not exactly a harbinger of a 2020 election fight to come.

Andrew Wyrich

Andrew Wyrich

Andrew Wyrich is a politics staff writer for the Daily Dot, covering the intersection of politics and the internet. Andrew has written for USA Today, NorthJersey.com, and other newspapers and websites. His work has been recognized by the Society of the Silurians, Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE), and the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ).

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