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Gingrich: Senate GOP Tried to Do Too Much With One Bill on Obamacare

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By    |   Wednesday, 19 July 2017 12:18 PM

Senate Republicans may have taken on more than they could handle by trying to pass just one bill to replace and repeal Obamacare, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said Wednesday.

"They have got to pass a very simple, very clear tax-cut, big enough that it really creates a very powerful economy," Gingrich told Fox News' "America's Newsroom" program. 

"If they can't get that done by Thanksgiving, I think they are in real trouble."

Further, maybe the strategy of trying to change Obamacare, which affects one-fifth of the economy, with one bill was wrong, said Gingrich.

"Maybe what you need, is six or seven different smaller bills," he said. "You can eat it one piece at a time. What they need to do is go back, and figure out what are the easiest pieces to dismantle and stop the process . . .

"It is not practical to take one-fifth of the economy, life or death of every American, and try to pass it in one bill."

President Donald Trump, Gingrich continued, has taken on the role of being the "head coach of a team that managed to not win," and Republicans in the House and Senate "ought to take a deep breath and slow down."

"[They should] get in a huddle, and figure out what they are going to change," said the former speaker. "If you keep doing the same thing, that's a sign of insanity. They have to rethink the way they approach these bills."

Gingrich also ridiculed reports that Trump met with Russian President Vladimir Putin at a dinner party during the G-20 summit earlier this month, saying he does not understand the media's hysteria over the matter.

"The story I saw was that the German Chancellor [Angela Merkel] invited the heads of state to a dinner, and that Melania Trump was seated next to Putin," Gingrich said. "What do you think was going to happen? Where's the beef."

There is a lot of tendency to blame Trump for doing "something terrible," said Gingrich, but the event was a regular dinner party and there were no negotiations going on.

"They were in front of 20 or so other heads of state," Gingrich said. "Did they release the list of who sat where? I think they did. I think any reasonable, smart reporter would've looked at the list, and said this is where they're sitting, and will they talk?

"This is the kind of thing, a public meeting in front of other heads of state, that secretly becomes a weird event."

Meanwhile, show co-anchor Bill Hemmer reported that Donald Trump Jr. has been cleared to testify publicly about his meeting with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya and several other Russians at Trump Tower last June.

Gingrich said that's because the special counsel doesn't think Trump Jr. will have much to say that will affect the investigation.

"I wouldn't read it as exoneration, but if he had to do it over again, he would do it differently," said Gingrich. "There is no evidence of collusion or official ties between the campaign and Russia. There was one meeting, one time. Initially, no one thought it was a serious meeting."

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