Gingrich: Trump more interested in fighting Democrats than on 'any particular bill'

Gingrich: Trump more interested in fighting Democrats than on 'any particular bill'
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Former Speaker Newt GingrichNewton (Newt) Leroy GingrichMORE (R-Ga.) said in an interview with The New York Times that President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden on Trump's refusal to commit to peaceful transfer of power: 'What country are we in?' Romney: 'Unthinkable and unacceptable' to not commit to peaceful transition of power Two Louisville police officers shot amid Breonna Taylor grand jury protests MORE has moved away from any focus on legislation and is instead battling Democrats ahead of his reelection fight in 2020.

The longtime Trump ally told the Times that the president was no longer primarily focused on any policy items and was rather in full campaign mode.

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“I think he doesn’t mind if it happens, but it’s not his primary focus,” Gingrich said of new legislation passing Congress. “His primary focus is to so thoroughly define Democrats as the party of the radical left. I think that matters much more to him than any particular bill.”

Former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) agreed with Gingrich's assessment, noting that some Democrats are calling for impeachment proceedings to begin in the House. Such an atmosphere, Santorum argued, made any legislative deals between Democrats in Congress and the White House impossible.

“I don’t see the president at this point doing anything with those guys, not as long as they’re coming after him with impeachment,” Santorum told the Times. “He’s at war.”

Trump has focused his criticism on four freshman Democratic congresswomen of color in recent weeks, attacking their progressive policies and tweeting that they should "go back" to the "countries" they came from, despite the fact that three of them were born in the U.S.

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