House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows, R-N.C., said Friday there is no plan in the works to try to depose House Speaker Paul Ryan, and said Republicans are focused on pushing through the GOP agenda over the next several months.
"I can tell you there is no plan, there is nothing there," he said when asked if the HFC was looking at ways to oust Ryan.
Meadows said Republicans are instead looking for ways to deliver on President Trump's agenda, and said no one is focused on leadership change.
Still, Meadows admitted that the only way to judge Ryan's effectiveness is by looking at results, and said Republicans need to make sure they get somewhere on the GOP agenda in the last few months of this year.
"The results in the time remaining for that jury to make a judgment call on those results is running out, so we've got about two or three months to make real decisions," he said.
"I believe the speaker is up to the task," he added. "I know members of the Freedom Caucus and the Tuesday Group and every group in between is willing to work with him on that. But we have to do that and make sure that we put things on the president's desk."
Meadows also joked that if he were working on a plan to change the GOP leadership in the House, it would be done quietly. "I can tell you, if I was working on a plan to depose the speaker, you wouldn't be reading about it in the press," he said.
Trump struck a deal with Democrats this week to extend federal spending and borrowing authority through Dec. 8. At that point, legislation will be needed to fund the government for the rest of the year, and to continue borrowing after that date.
That deadline is being seen as an event that could decide several policy battles. Republicans will be looking to win spending reductions and border wall funding in that fight, while Democrats will be looking for legislation codifying former President Barack Obama's Deferred Action on Childhood Deportation program, which Trump said he would be rescinding.