President Donald Trump's willingness to give himself a "C or a C-Plus" on his messaging was surprising, but pleasing and accurate, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said Tuesday.
"I have watched him in the first few weeks really begin to grow into the job," Gingrich told Fox News' "Fox & Friends" following Trump's comments, made during an exclusive interview with the early morning show.
"I thought this interview was as good as he has been, partly because he was — this is not a guy who gives himself a C easily. I'm glad he didn't blame anybody else. He is the guy because of the power of his voice and his tweets and everything else."
Trump does need to think through how he delivers his message, though, as "nobody else can do it for him," said Gingrich. "You can't surround Donald Trump and get him to do things."
Meanwhile, Trump is facing questions about reports that some of his campaign staff had contacts with Russia during the election, and demands are being made for an independent investigation into the matter, and Gingrich said Trump needs to have someone coordinating the response to the public.
"On that particular topic they ought to take a lesson from the past, like Ronald Reagan and others," said Gingrich. "Find a very smart, independent person, put them in charge of the whole project and say there are questions here. The country has questions. The media has questions.
"Even members of Congress has questions. You better have one person who coordinates the administration on that topic."
The topic, said Gingrich is one that can continue to grow.
"It looks early on like it's not a big deal and then one morning it's a big deal to deal with," said Gingrich. "The earlier they have a central person directing their efforts, the less [of a] problem it will be and the faster it will go away."
Trump will deliver his first address to a joint session of Congress Tuesday, and Gingrich said he believes it will be visionary and positive.
"He has a general direction he wants the country to go in," said Gingrich. "He was very good with you guys talking about the importance of economic growth. And then I think he understands that he was the candidate of jobs and growth and take home pay and now he has got to deliver. I think tonight he is going to lay out a pretty sophisticated strategy for getting the job done."
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