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Speaker Johnson Praises CNN’s Jake Tapper Off-Air: ‘You’re Always Fair’

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House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) likely turned a lot of heads when he was overheard praising left-leaning CNN host Jake Tapper for being “fair” following an interview on Wednesday.

During his CNN appearance, Johnson highlighted his foreign aid package, recently endorsed by President Joe Biden, which aims to allocate tens of billions in American taxpayer aid to Ukraine. This marks a shift for Johnson, who had previously opposed such funding but has since made supporting Ukraine a priority following a March reversal.

Johnson joined Tapper remotely from outside the House floor in the Capitol, with a small group of reporters present. During the interview, he mentioned his long-standing acquaintance with Tapper, a known left-wing partisan prone to broadcasting false claims.

“You’re always fair,” a mic’d up Johnson said during an exchange, Breitbart News reported, going on to list dozens of instances where Tapper’s reporting — mostly about Republicans and former President Donald Trump — was inaccurate or wholly false.

The outlet added: “Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) is threatening to oust Johnson from the speakership in a move seeming to gather steam. Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) publicly backed Greene Tuesday.”

Nevertheless, the Speaker is still demonstrating his conservative bona fides.

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Johnson introduced a major election integrity reform bill following his meeting with former President Donald Trump at the latter’s Mar-a-Lago estate last week.

“Every single person who registers to vote in a Federal election must prove they’re an American citizen first” under the bill, Johnson told reporters. “Our bill would put us on par with virtually every other democracy around the world that also prohibits non-citizen voting.”

“It seems like common sense. I’m sure all of us would agree that we only want U.S. citizens to vote in U.S. elections,” Johnson added.

In addition, former GOP presidential contender Vivek Ramaswamy offered his own advice to the GOP in terms of shoring up election integrity.

“A simple message to the GOP: play to win. 1. Make Election Day a National Holiday 2. Single-Day Voting 3. Paper Ballots 4. Government-issued voter ID to match the voter file 5. English as the sole language that appears on a ballot,” he wrote on X in a post featuring a clip of an interview with Fox News host Laura Ingraham.

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“Trump offered a political lifeline Friday to House Speaker Mike Johnson, saying the beleaguered GOP leader is doing a ‘very good job,’ and tamping down the far-right forces led by Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene trying to oust him from office,” The Associated Press reported on Friday.

Trump and Johnson stood together at the ex-president’s Mar-a-Lago club, symbolizing a crucial moment for the new House leader as he aligns himself and his GOP majority with the indicted Republican Party leader in anticipation of the November election.

“I stand with the speaker,” Trump said, adding he believes the Louisiana Republican leader is “doing a very good job – he’s doing about as good as you’re going to do” with a small GOP majority in the House.

“We’re getting along very well with the speaker — and I get along very well with Marjorie,” who has filed an initial motion to vacate the Speaker’s chair, Trump said. The former president also said those efforts to oust the Speaker were” unfortunate,” adding there are “much bigger problems” right now.

The duo made a joint announcement regarding new legislation mandating proof of citizenship for voting, underscoring the significance of the trip for both figures. Johnson sought Trump’s support to mitigate firm threats of eviction from office. Meanwhile, Trump gains from the validation of official Washington rushing to Florida to endorse his comeback bid for the White House, despite the controversies surrounding his election claims.

Greene filed her motion last month amid anger about the government funding bill.

“The House would have to consider Greene’s motion within two legislative days after she is recognized. The chamber is heading for a two-week recess, and Greene told reporters she would not call up the resolution on Friday, which means the clock to force a vote has not started,” Axios reported.

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