GOP: House speaker to resign over tweets

The House Speaker, who has repeatedly lashed out at President Donald Trump, said Thursday he plans to step down from his position in the near future.

House Speaker Steve Scalise, R-La., said he will announce his decision in a phone call with Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R. Ky., Friday morning.

Scalise, who is a Republican, has long been the target of criticism from members of both parties over his use of social media to attack Trump.

Trump called for Scalise to resign in June after the House voted to impeach the president.

Scolise has said he is not considering stepping down.

He told CNN on Wednesday that he would “have to make that call and discuss it with my family and with my constituents.”

Scalises decision comes as he faces pressure to resign from some of his Republican colleagues over a tweet he sent after the shooting at a congressional baseball practice on Tuesday.

In it, Scalise criticized Trump and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., for their support of congressional Democrats in the fight over a proposed gun control bill.

Scalise also wrote, “The NRA and its supporters, as well as the left-wing ‘leaders’ in the media, are going to continue to push for more guns.”

He also criticized the White House, saying it has “no interest in listening to any advice from the American people.”