It’s “ironic” to watch world leaders in Israel and Saudi Arabia treating President Donald Trump with “enormous respect” while the “pygmies” in the media treat him with contempt, and the president and his administration should take a tougher stance against them, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said Monday.
“The reporters are pygmies, they’re little midgets,” Gingrich told Fox News’ “Fox & Friends” program. “They spent their lifetime watching other people do real things.”
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Further, Gingrich said, the Trump administration should put out a new rule when it comes to the media.
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“If you’re a midget, that’s fine, but you’re not going to be at a press conference with me or my staff,” Gingrich said members of the media should be told. “I think they need to have a tougher attitude toward the media.”
That would mean, he continued, for Trump to remind members of the media that he is the president, and “‘you’re not. And if you’re not worthy of my talking to you, I’m not going to talk to you.'”
This would make the media “begin to fall in line, because the gap between how world leaders treat Donald Trump and the American media treats him is inexcusably big,” said Gingrich.
Meanwhile, in Saudi Arabia and in Israel, there is a “sense of relief that America’s back” because of Trump’s travels there, said Gingrich.
“I mean, obviously, they had a deep feeling that President [Barack] Obama left an enormous vacuum that left them much more vulnerable,” the former speaker said.
“In both Israel and Saudi Arabia, you have the sense of how glad they are that Donald Trump is president.”
The president is an “ideas guy” who loves to create and build, said Gingrich.
Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, one of the president’s senior advisers, has also worked very hard toward the trip, said Gingrich, so there should be “a bunch of new ideas during the course of today.”
Trump will likely come home with a better understanding about what he will do with with his presidency, said Gingrich, and will give Americans “an enormous boost in understanding how smart he is, how powerful he is, how committed he is to really big things.”