Gingrich: Trump can 'bounce back' from 'tough two weeks'
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Former Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) says Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump faces high stakes in meeting with Erdoğan amid impeachment drama Democrats worry they don't have right candidate to beat Trump Trump threatening to fire Mulvaney: report MORE has had a tough stretch but believes the Republican presidential nominee can turn his campaign around.


“Trump has had a tough two weeks, but people need to remember, just before those two weeks, he was ahead in every poll, so the chance for him to bounce back again I think is very real," Gingrich told John Catsimatidis in an interview airing Sunday on "The Cats Roundtable" on AM 970 in New York.

Gingrich said Trump and his running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceTrump faces high stakes in meeting with Erdoğan amid impeachment drama Democrats announce public impeachment hearings with eight witnesses next week Haley seeks to quell talk she could replace Pence MORE, could gain ground by hitting Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonDemocrats worry they don't have right candidate to beat Trump Krystal Ball credits Gabbard's upswing in 2020 race to 'feckless' Democratic establishment Outsider candidates outpoll insider candidates MORE and the Obama administration.

"Hillary has enormous liabilities … It is a period of turmoil," he said.

"A lot of Republicans get very scared. The elite media is 95 percent against Trump and doing everything they can to fan the flames of a panic, but the fact is, that I think that this race is a long. long ways from over," he continued.

"And the truth is that Hillary Clinton is probably the most dishonest person ever to run for president — and certainly the most corrupt ever to be nominated for president."

Gingrich has been a strong supporter of Trump but has also criticized him in recent days, calling some of his behavior "self-destructive" and saying he needs to "grow into the size of the job."

Trump has draw criticism from many Republicans for feuding with the family of a deceased Muslim American soldier and for initially declining to endorse Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis Ryan Retirees should say 'no thanks' to Romney's Social Security plan California Governor Newsom and family dress as 2020 Democrats for Halloween DC's liaison to rock 'n' roll MORE (R-Wis.) who is facing a primary challenge.

Trump eventually endorsed Ryan on Friday night.

Gingrich also criticized the Obama administration for its $400 million cash payment to Iran. Critics have said it was a ransom for hostages.

“Obama ... was lying to the American people, or he’s lying to himself … when he said it wasn’t a ransom payment," Gingrich said.

President Obama on Thursday dismissed criticism over the payment, noting it had been announced months before and was part of a larger diplomatic settlement with Iran.

"This wasn’t some nefarious deal," he said.