The rightwing congressman Jim Jordan is seeking to shore up support for his

bid to succeed Kevin McCarthy as House speaker,

with plans to appear on the House floor early this week to try to sway Republican members of Congress

who signaled in a secret ballot vote they will not support his bid.

Jordan, a staunch ally of Donald Trump, claimed in a brief interview with

Politico he believes he will get the 217 votes required to secure the

speakership in a vote he wants to happen on Tuesday.

Former House speaker Kevin McCarthy has expressed support for Jordan’s

bid to succeed him after a small faction of eight Republicans in the House

joined Democrats to oust McCarthy from the role earlier this month and plunged the party into a bitter squabble.