Former Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) on Wednesday said he would like to serve as “chief planner” in President-elect Donald TrumpDonald TrumpOvernight Defense & National Security — The Pentagon's deadly mistake Overnight Energy & Environment — Presented by Climate Power — Interior returns BLM HQ to Washington France pulls ambassadors to US, Australia in protest of submarine deal MORE’s administration.
Gingrich has been a top surrogate for Trump during his presidential campaign and is rumored to be in line for a top role in his administration. He was on the short list for Trump’s vice presidential picks, but the real estate mogul ultimately chose Indiana Gov. Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceEthics group files complaint against former Pence chief of staff Marc Short Pence aiming to raise M ahead of possible 2024 run: report Congress could stop Milley's nuclear weapons quandary from happening again MORE as his running mate.
“I want to be able to work strategically,” Gingrich said in an interview with Fox radio host John Gibson, according to BuzzFeed, adding that he wants to “get an American government into the 21st century” and “make it responsive to the American people.”
Trump's victory shocked Washington and the world early Wednesday morning. Polls suggested that Democrat Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonAttorney charged in Durham investigation pleads not guilty Attorney indicted on charge of lying to FBI as part of Durham investigation Durham seeking indictment of lawyer with ties to Democrats: reports MORE enjoyed a small but persistent lead across a number of battleground states.
Now, the president-elect will be tasked with filling roles in his new administration and Cabinet. In the Wednesday interview, Gingrich noted that Trump will be confronted with whether to “manage the current government” or “profoundly change it.”
“I sort of think I know where he’s going to go, but it’s a different thing to be the president-elect than to be the candidate,” Gingrich said.
“He’s going to realize tomorrow when he walks into that White House that he’s about to have the burden of the whole country—and to some extent the whole world—on his shoulders.”