Paul Ryan has endorsed Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) to take over his role as speaker of the House.
"I fully anticipate handing the gavel over to the next speaker of the House after this term, and I think Kevin is the right guy to step up," Ryan said on a Meet the Press exclusive Friday morning.
Ryan said members of Republican leadership, including Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) — largely considered to be McCarthy's top competition for the job — agree with his decision. Republicans have a "very capable leadership team" right now, Ryan said.
Ryan announced Wednesday that he wouldn't run for re-election in the fall.