Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) has offered the president some advice. Speaking to “Fox & Friends” Monday, Gingrich says the president has a good agenda, but he’s getting in his own way. He says the president should be more “disciplined.”
“The last thing he’s got to do, and I’m being very candid here, is he’s got to quit stepping on himself,” Gingrich said. He went on to reference the president’s press conference on Aug. 15.
During the presser at Trump Tower in New York, President Donald J. Trump spoke of his infrastructure plans, along with OMB Director Mick Mulvaney, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. He said he wanted to accelerate government projects and significantly streamline the lengthy construction review and permitting processes to ensure projects “come in on time, under budget, maybe even ahead of schedule.”
Although the president’s intention was to focus on infrastructure, he was forced to once again address the timing and content of his many denouncements of the violence that took place in Charlottesville, Virginia, the weekend prior. He maintained that multiple groups were displaying hate and violence in Virginia.
The president’s remarks weren’t well-received by some.
“He had a very good infrastructure press conference the other day, and then he stepped on it, blew it, and guaranteed that it wouldn’t get covered,” Gingrich said of the presser, during his FOX interview. “That’s like a quarterback who goes out and throws the ball down for the other side and fumbles on the first play of every possession.”
Gingrich was a major surrogate for Trump during the campaign. Now, he says the president needs to correct his course if he wants to stay on track.
“He’s got to be more disciplined and he’s got to work as part of a team, and then I think, generally, he could end up being a remarkably good president,” Gingrich said. “But he’s gotta make a couple of mid-course corrections.”
He says the president needs to take three steps:
- Utilize the new White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, who has good relationships and knowledge of Washington.
- Learn to think in terms of a team leader and team builder.
- Quit giving the media negative stories to cover by becoming more disciplined in his comments.
— FOX & friends (@foxandfriends) August 21, 2017
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