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 TrumpGraham to introduce resolution condemning House impeachment inquiry Support for impeachment inches up in poll Fox News's Bret Baier calls Trump's attacks on media 'a problem' 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.

The four lawmakers, Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezTlaib to join Sanders at campaign rally in Detroit AOC: Trump comparing impeachment inquiry to a lynching is 'atrocious' Former Obama official pushes back against assertion of unfair Sanders media coverage MORE (D-N.Y.), Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarTlaib to join Sanders at campaign rally in Detroit AOC: Trump comparing impeachment inquiry to a lynching is 'atrocious' 2016 Sanders surrogate Lucy Flores endorses Warren MORE (D-Minn.) Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibTlaib to join Sanders at campaign rally in Detroit 2016 Sanders surrogate Lucy Flores endorses Warren Ocasio-Cortez says endorsing Sanders early is 'the most authentic decision' she could make MORE (D-Mich.) and Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyAOC: Trump comparing impeachment inquiry to a lynching is 'atrocious' These 3 women are defining the race to unseat Trump Ocasio-Cortez mourns Cummings: 'A devastating loss for our country' MORE (D-Mass.), have denounced the president's attacks as racist, as did a majority of House lawmakers in a resolution last week.