In an interview with ABC, Newt Gingrich voiced his biggest fear about President-elect Donald Trump’s administration. The former speaker of the house is one of the President-elect’s closest allies and a top adviser to the President-elect.
Gingrich’s concern is that Trump will compromise on issues in ways that go against his stated positions. These types of compromises may undermine his appeal as an outsider. There may be some validity to Gingrich’s concerns. Later in his campaign, he walked back some of the earlier statements he made on illegal immigration and his proposed ban on Muslims.
“Look, they’re going to arrive in Washington, and for them to be successful they have to stake out positions that Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Donna Brazile will not like and the left will hate,”
While Trump has the luxury of a majority Republican Congress, there are still a myriad of issues where there may be disagreements. In the past, Trump has clashed with prominent Republican congressmen including current speaker of the house Paul Ryan, Sen. Ted Cruz, and Sen. Lindsey Graham.
Gingrich had more to say.
“My deepest concern is that they’re going to arrive, you’re going to have the greens going crazy” over the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of the Interior, 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 non-negotiable. I mean, if you’re serious about school choice, there is no agreement with the teachers union.”
There are plenty of issues that President-elect will have to deal with when he takes office. He will need to work with both Republicans and Democrats to create real change. In the past, Trump has shown that he doesn’t back down easily, but it’s not yet certain how the pressures of governing will impact his policy decisions.