MTG meeting with Johnson as she dangles threat to take speakers gavel away

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) says she plans to meet with House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) for the first time since she introduced a motion to vacate the speakership.

Greene and Johnson didn’t meet after they were supposed to talk last week, but they have exchanged texts since the motion to vacate was filed. The Georgia Republican filed the motion to vacate prior to the House’s two week recess, which ended on Tuesday. The meeting is planned before votes in the House on Wednesday, according to Greene.

“Mike Johnson doesn’t have the trust of the conference,” Greene said on Wednesday. “And that’s become very clear.”

Greene did not file the motion to vacate as a privileged resolution, meaning it does require immediate action, and the congresswoman said she has yet to decide on what would force her to trigger a vote on the motion to vacate. How he handles upcoming votes could have an outsize effect on whether Greene carries through on her threat.

“How he handles the FISA process and how he handles funding Ukraine is going to tell our entire conference how to handle the motion to vacate,” Greene said.

She also said that she has spoken with former President Donald Trump about the motion to vacate, but did not elaborate on what about she discussed with him.

When asked if Democrats decided to help defeat the effort to oust Johnson, unlike what happened to former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy in October, Greene said it would prove her point about the current House speaker.

“Well, I think it would prove me absolutely right,” Greene said. “That he’s the Democrats’ Speaker of the House, not the Republicans’ elected Speaker.”

Johnson said on Wednesday he considers Greene “a friend” and that the two “disagree sometimes on strategy and with regard to what we put on the floor.”

He also claimed that Greene is mainly upset on the appropriations process, with the House passing a minibus last month to fund the government through the end of September. Johnson said everyone was disappointed that they were unable to get everything they wanted, but that it was the best the House GOP could do with a narrow majority.

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“[That’s] the reality that we have to remind everybody,” Johnson said.

He also said it is not in the interest of House Republicans to let the government shut down.

Cami Mondeaux contributed to this report.

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