Newt Gingrich said Sunday on ABC’s “This Week” his biggest fear about the incoming Trump administration is that they will “lose their nerve” once they assume the reins of power.
In a joint interview with longtime friend Donna Brazile, chairwoman of the DNC, the former speaker told ABC News’ chief White House correspondent Jonathan Karl he’s worried about how the administration responds to the problems facing the country.
“Look, they’re going to arrive in Washington, and for them to be successful they have to stake out positions that Donna [Brazile] will not like and the left will hate,” he said.
“I’m worried that when they realize how big the problem is,” Gingrich continued, “that they decide that they’re just going to do the best they can and give in.”
Gingrich offered a sampling of the opposition President-elect Donald Trump might expect.
“My deepest concern is that they’re going to arrive, you’re going to have the greens going crazy,” he said of environmental activist. “You’re going to have the government employees going crazy about civil service reform. You’re going to have the teachers union going crazy over school choice. And these are pretty nonnegotiable. I mean, if you’re serious about school choice, there is no agreement with the teachers union.”
Not that Gingrich, who has been a strong advocate for Trump, has lost faith in his guy, as he demonstrated while discussing whether Trump can heal the country after such a divisive election.
“My faith in Trump is I think he has the guts as well as the energy to have those kinds of meetings and to reach out to a broader range than maybe anybody since [Franklin Delano Roosevelt],” he said.
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