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Gingrich Defends Trump’s Deal With Democrats

On Friday, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich defended President Trump’s recent budget deal with Democrats while on Fox & Friends.

When asked if he would have “cut that deal” if he were in charge, Gingrich responded:

Sure. I think you set up two good questions. Would I feel a bit irritated if I was Speaker Ryan? Yes. Would I cut the deal if I were President Trump? Yes. Both are true.

I think Trump saw a situation with everything he just saw in Houston, now looking at what’s coming in Florida, and I think his feeling was, we’ve gotta get some movement in Washington. “We spent eight months and we didn’t get big things done. I’m gonna cut a deal with somebody, I’m gonna get something done this week. I’m gonna get the money to Houston, and to do that I’ve got to get the debt ceiling taken care of,” and he cut a 90-day deal. … I don’t think this is some gigantic earthquake. …

This is a one-time deal. For the president, it’s a very smart deal. It gets momentum the first week back. It changes the tone. It gets the money to Houston, and it postpones the big fight over the debt ceiling for 90 days. And I think the president’s attitude is, who knows what’s going to happen over 90 days?