Anthony Scaramucci apparently hasn’t scored any points with former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich (R-Ga). The new White House communications director drew criticism from Gingrich Thursday, after he publicly called out Chief of Staff Reince Priebus on CNN, insinuating that Priebus may be responsible for at least some of the infamous White House leaks.
During an interview with radio host Laura Ingraham, Gingrich said Scaramucci is “full of himself” and that he should do a little less talking.
“I think Scaramucci is full of himself. I think he got down here from New York and he is all excited,” Gingrich told Ingraham. “Frankly, he is talking more than he is thinking. He needs to slow down and learn the business.”
Gingrich continued to rail against Scaramucci’s statements, asking, “Where is his proof? I mean, it’s totally unhelpful having someone going around starting family fights in public. And, if he is going to be that divisive, I’m not sure if he is going to be that useful to the president.”
Gingrich’s comments echo what former South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint said Tuesday: “Don’t start disintegrating by beginning to take out each other.”
Scaramucci seems intent on attacking Priebus, however. A now-deleted Twitter post from Wednesday night appeared to be aimed at the chief of staff. Scaramucci tagged Priebus after writing the following:
“In light of the leak of my financial disclosure info which is a felony, I will be contacting [FBI] and the [Justice Department].”
Some have wondered if Scaramucci intended to notify Priebus, in particular, that an investigation was going to take place. Scaramucci says he only intended to notify anyone that may have illegally leaked information. He also said some senior administration officials are asking junior staff members to do some of the leaking.
Gingrich thinks Scaramucci should be more cautious when making public statements, though. He told Ingraham, “I think that Scaramucci had better be a lot more careful than he has been.”
Gingrich observed that while Scaramucci “obviously likes the limelight” and media attention, “I would say, right now, he is being more pugnacious than effective.”
“This is a city where if you are in the White House, you get plenty of news coverage,” Gingrich warned. “The question is whether or not it is useful news coverage or whether or not it gets you to where you want to go.”
ABOUT NEWT GINGRICH
Newton Leroy Gingrich (born Newton Leroy McPherson; June 17, 1943) is an American politician and author from Georgia who served as the 50th Speaker of the United States House of Representatives from 1995 to 1999. He represented Georgia’s 6th congressional district as a Republican from 1979 until his resignation in 1999. In 2012, Gingrich was a candidate for the Republican Party presidential nomination.
A teacher of history and geography at the University of West Georgia in the 1970s, Gingrich won election to the United States House of Representatives in November 1978, the first Republican in the history of Georgia’s 6th congressional district to do so. He served as House Minority Whip from 1989–95, and Speaker of the House from 1995–99. A co-author and architect of the “Contract with America”, Gingrich was a major leader in the Republican victory in the 1994 congressional election. In 1995, Time named him “Man of the Year” for “his role in ending the four-decades-long Democratic majority in the House”.
As House Speaker, Gingrich oversaw passage by the House of welfare reform and a capital gains tax cut in 1997. The poor showing by Republicans in the 1998 Congressional elections, a reprimand from the House for Gingrich’s ethics violation, and pressure from Republican colleagues, resulted in Gingrich’s resignation from the speakership on November 6, 1998. He resigned altogether from the House on January 3, 1999.
Since leaving the House, Gingrich has remained active in public policy debates and worked as a political consultant. He founded and chaired several policy think tanks, including American Solutions for Winning the Future and the Center for Health Transformation. He has written or co-authored 27 books. In May 2011, he announced his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination. On May 2, 2012, Gingrich ended his presidential campaign and endorsed front runner Mitt Romney, who won the nomination.
Newt Gingrich is a Fox News contributor. His recent book, ‘Understanding Trump’ is on the best sellers list. He has been a big supporter of Trump before and after the election.
Gingrich was said to be considered for the vice president position, and admitted he would take the position if it were offered to him by Trump. Ultimately, the position went to Mike Pence, who was serving as the Republican governor of Indiana.
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