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Newt Gingrich: Trump-Corker Fight 'Not Helpful'

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By    |   Tuesday, 10 October 2017 11:13 AM

The running spat between President Donald Trump and Sen. Bob Corker is not helping the country or the Republican Party, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said.

Gingrich appeared on "CBS This Morning" Tuesday and spoke about a range of issues, including the war of words between the president and the outgoing Republican senator from Tennessee.

"They'd be a lot better off to get together for lunch and get over it," Gingrich said. "Trump automatically hits back at anybody. It's just an instinctive, it goes back to his New York days, and it seems to be virtually uncontrollable.

"He thought that Corker had said something that offended him so he hit Corker . . . I think it's not helpful to the country, it's not helpful to the Republican Party."

Gingrich, who is working outside the White House in an advisory role, said among his tasks is to help persuade lawmakers to lower the tax rate for Americans. The infighting currently happening among members of the GOP is not helping the cause, he said.

"We don't have a Parliamentary system. We don't all get elected to march in lock step. House members win, Senate members win, presidents win. They've got to learn to work together," said Gingrich, author of the new novel titled "Vengeance."

"And that's been probably the biggest weakness . . . not finding a way to work together. And the truth is, the president will not get his major things done without Bob Corker."

Gingrich also admitted that he was never going to serve as Trump's vice president despite reports last year that suggested he was in the running for the job.

"He used me to sort of keep you guys busy while he was picking Mike Pence, who I think is doing a great job as vice president," he said.

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