Last week, President Donald Trump’s Obamacare repeal and replacement bill failed in Congress. Days later, Newt Gingrich has placed the blame for this on House Speaker Paul Ryan, who he says misled Trump into believing that he could pay little attention to the Obamacare replacement bill, and come in at the end and sign it.
The Blaze reported that Gingrich made these comments during an interview with Sean Hannity on Friday.
“I was angrier than I want to really admit publicly earlier today,” Hannity admitted, “I’m not as angry now. Now I see an opportunity. And I sense that they’re not gonna make this mistake again, please tell me they won’t do this again this way.”
“Well, first of all you have no idea whether or not they’ll make that mistake or invent a new mistake,” Gingrich said. “What do you do know is that Donald Trump is a very smart guy. He just went through an experience that wasn’t what he was told. He had been told that everything was under control, the leadership could deliver, he didn’t have to pay too much attention, come in at the very end and close the deal. And it got to be a total mess.”
Gingrich went on to imply that Ryan should lose his position as House Speaker over this.
“I can guarantee you that if this had been one of his hotels, one of his buildings, one of his golf courses, there’d be a lot of personnel changes tonight,” he said. “And I think what you’re gonna see is that he’s gonna rethink how he’s going to approach the Congress based on this outcome. Because it was so totally, utterly unacceptable. At the same time I think, Paul Ryan is at a real turning point,” he continued. “Ryan’s a very smart guy, nobody should take that away from him. And he knows an immense amount about policy.”
“But he’s gotta decide, in the world of Trump,” Gingrich advised, “where you’re doing really bold, really different things, is he willing to spend the time and the energy, listening to everybody, even when he doesn’t agree with them, doesn’t think they make any sense, because only by, we used to use a model of listen, learn, help and lead. And only by doing this, and you’ve talked about it some, only by getting everybody in the dialogue, you have a chance of ultimately getting to the majority. And I think this was an example, that starting at the top, trying to run it through the system is not going to work.”
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