Gingrich: Trump Made ‘Very Smart Deal’ With Pelosi and Schumer

‘I think his feeling was we got to get some movement in Washington’

Gingrich: Trump Made ‘Very Smart Deal’ With Pelosi and Schumer (The Washington Free Beacon)

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich on Friday called President Donald Trump's deal with Democrats this week over the debt ceiling "very smart," saying it was a "tactical move" to generate momentum for his administration.

Trump surprised Capitol Hill Republicans this week when he struck a bargain with Democratic leaders for a short-term debt ceiling hike tied to Hurricane Harvey relief, which critics say gives Sen. Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.) and Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) too much leverage in future spending discussions.

"This is a one-time deal. For the president, it's a very smart deal," Gingrich said on "Fox & Friends." "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?"

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