Monday, 6 February, 2023

In US House speaker fight, Trump gets one vote, members laugh

  • Sun Online Desk
  • 6th January, 2023 09:11:22 PM
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Donald Trump's name was met with laughter Thursday after he secured one vote - out of more than 430 - as the United States' House of Representatives' chaotic efforts to elect a new Speaker trudges unsuccessfully into a historic fifth day and 12th round of voting, Hindustan Times reported.

The race to control the lower chamber is now the longest in 164 years with various factions of Republicans unable to unit behind GOP candidate Kevin McCarthy. Trump's sole vote came from Matt Gaetz, a Republican from Florida, who plumped for the former president as a 'symbolic but pointed sign of the broad divisions over the Republican Party's future'.

Gaetz had formally nominated Trump to be House speaker on the 11th round of voting.

At least 20 Republicans have held out so far, giving the Democrats - who control the Senate by the narrowest of margins thanks to vice president Kamala Harris' casting vote - hope.