Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Gingrich on Trump's Speech: 'Most Important Foreign Policy Address Since Reagan'
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich praised Republican candidate Donald Trump's address on how he would handle the threat of the Islamic State, calling it "the most important foreign policy speech since Ronald Reagan." Adding that "it really does set the stage for a debate for the American people about what's threatening us and what we should do about it."
Speaking on Fox News' "Hannity," Gingrich said that Trump "did just a remarkable job, in my judgment, of identifying the enemy [and] describing accurately how big the problem is… I think the contrast between what… Donald Trump did and what Hillary Clinton is couldn't be clearer. This is a Grand Canyon-wide chasm of two different views."
Gingrich said that what made Trump's speech even more impressive was that the candidate has received criticism for being unable to lay out a "road map" in any specific area of foreign policy, but that after this address such a judgement would be unwarranted.
"He took what may be the most important national security threat of the next decade, he outlined what the threat is, he outlined why we have failed, he outlined how important it is and he began to lay the base for a very serious, very dramatic change," Gingrich said.
"I'm interested to see if the mainstream media can actually focus on the speech and can actually talk about the difference between the confusion of the Obama-Clinton model and the clarity of the Trump model."
The praise for Trump from Gingrich comes just a few days after the former speaker criticized the GOP candidate on Fox News' "Fox & Friends" for not expressing himself clearly to the public by using imprecise language.
Gingrich used as an example when Trump called President Barack Obama and Clinton the "most valuable players" for ISIS and said Obama was the terrorist group's "founder" without fully explaining and developing his thoughts so that everyone would understand the message.
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