Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich renewed his pleas to abolish the Congressional Budget Office.
"They should abolish the CBO," he told Fox Business on Thursday. "It is totally destructive. It is totally dishonest."
His comments came a day after the CBO said the healthcare bill passed by Republicans in the House would leave 14 million more people uninsured next year than under Obamacare and 23 million more in 2026, The New York Times reported.
"(The CBO) was unbelievably wrong about Obamacare," Gingrich said. "Go back and pull up how wrong they were. Let's assume they are equally wrong about the Republican bill."
Despite the CBO projection, Gingrich remained optimistic Senate Republicans will push through a healthcare bill.
"Oddly enough they will get health reform done," he said.
Gingrich again called for the end of daily White House press briefings and noted there have been none during President Donald Trump's foreign trip.
"If (Trump) is as disciplined at home as we have seen him be on this trip, if he decides to focus on big things, if they cut out the daily briefings which are totally destructive — notice that there aren't daily briefings on this trip — you don't have a place for the elite media to come in and destroy everything," said Gingrich, a former Georgia congressman.
The Hill noted daily press briefings have been held since 1929.
Gingrich did not directly answer a question about whether he would accept the White House chief of staff's job if Trump carries through with a rumored reorganization.
"The major changes in the White House [are] for President Trump to decide that the model he's using on this trip is right," he said.
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