In a Sunday radio interview, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, a Republican, said he believes that the Democrats will eventually give in to President Donald Trump and the Republicans as the stalemate in Congress continues and the federal government remains closed.
Gingrich told radio host John Catsimatidis that Sen. Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D.-N.Y., and the Democratic Party made a major mistake in opposing the Republican-backed spending bill over a legislative solution to extend amnesty to thousands of illegal aliens who are protected from deportation under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program.
“This is not what the Democrats hoped for,” Gingrich said. “And I think President Trump has played this pretty well.”
Gingrich commended Trump for inviting Schumer to attend a last-minute meeting at the White House in an effort to broker a deal to avoid the shutdown.
During his tenure in office, Gingrich fought through two government shutdowns over debates regarding budget and welfare reform. In the current stalemate, Gingrich criticized Democrats for harming the families of armed service members in an effort to to protect non-citizens.
Without government appropriations, U.S. military service members will not be compensated during the shutdown.
Gingrich said that he is not opposed to amnesty for those currently protected under DACA, but contended that Trump and White House Chief of Staff John Kelly are “determined” not to allow Schumer to have his way regarding the issue.
“The attitude right now in the administration is that they won’t give [Schumer] anything because they think he has made a huge mistake,” Gingrich said. “When the term, the ‘Schumer shutdown,’ begins to catch on, you don’t have any sense of people [in the Administration] who are inclined to back off.”
Gingrich predicted that the Democrats would eventually give in and tell Schumer, “‘We can’t keep doing this.'”
Listen to the full interview below: