Gingrich: Trump, Schumer in 'the name-calling phase’
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Newt Gingrich predicted Sunday that while President-elect Donald TrumpDonald TrumpTrump takes shot at new GOP candidate in Ohio over Cleveland nickname GOP political operatives indicted over illegal campaign contribution from Russian national in 2016 On The Money — Dems dare GOP to vote for shutdown, default MORE and Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerMcConnell signals Senate GOP will oppose combined debt ceiling-funding bill Centrist state lawmaker enters Ohio GOP Senate primary Biden discusses agenda with Schumer, Pelosi ahead of pivotal week MORE (D-N.Y.) are engaging in a war of words, the two New Yorkers will eventually "get some deals done."

“Schumer has known Trump for a very long time. Right now they’re in the name-calling phase,” Gingrich said during an interview with radio host John Catsimatidis on AM 970 in New York. 

“But I think that’s because Schumer is having to be nice to his base and they all want to go fight Trump. They sort of told him that if he’s going to be their leader, he’s got to lead in the fighting," he added.

Schumer and Trump clashed last week as congressional Republicans took the first steps toward repealing ObamaCare. In a play off the president-elect’s campaign phrase, “Make America Great Again,” Schumer began promoting the slogan “Make America sick again.”


That move drew the ire of Trump, who launched a Twitter attack against Schumer, calling him a “clown.”

Gingrich said Trump is a "naturally aggressive person," adding, "If you pick a fight with him, he goes crazy and starts pounding on you."

But Gingrich said the two would quickly move on from the feud and that Schumer was simply trying to please his Democratic base by mocking Trump’s slogan.

“The fact is that both Trump and Schumer are very mature guys,” Gingrich said.

“Schumer is a great professional. He understands the game. And I think that he and Trump will ultimately get some deals done but Schumer first has to convince his base and his activists that they can rely on him to fight.”

Gingrich also dismissed any possibility of Trump working with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), calling her “hopeless” and saying he couldn’t imagine “any circumstance where we’re going to get very much out of her.”