Newt Gingrich Discusses His New Book "Understanding Trump" In Washington DC
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One-time Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich spoke with Laura Ingraham about President Donald Trump and current House Speaker Mitch McConnell's tumultuous relationship in an interview released Friday.

Gingrich, who has been a staunch supporter of Trump in the past, had some pointed words for the president where his current criticisms of McConnell were concerned:

Calling the president's ire towards McConnell “misplaced,” Gingrich went on to say that Trump shouldn't “pick a fight with a guy you need as a teammate” and that he doesn't “understand what the president thinks he's accomplishing.”

“I don't think there is [a strategy to Trump's actions],” Gingrich said. “I think the president has his instinct for being aggressive and he's unhappy, but he also he doesn't want to take responsibility,” he continued.

Gingrich also took a moment to point out that the president and McConnell were a “team” and that “you could argue he's the leader of the team, so if things aren't working, maybe, he needs to take part of the ownership here.”

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