Newt Gingrich said Friday he agrees with President Donald Trump's assessment that this week's attacks in Paris will have a "significant" impact on the upcoming French presidential elections, which begin on Sunday.
"It's probable," said the former House speaker, a guest on Fox News' "Outnumbered." "The first round is deeply divided between four major candidates. France has many terrorists who are able to get a gun. This man shot a policeman in 2001 so to say he was radicalized, he was shooting people before he went to prison."
The system for keeping track of potential terrorists is "sloppy," he continued. "Everybody feels bad for two weeks, and then we go back to business as usual,"
But part of the issue in Europe is that countries were willing to not only accept immigrants, but that they are allowed to live there without assimilating, Gingrich said.
"Part of this is brought on by the Europeans themselves," Gingrich said. "They're quite comfortable putting immigrants from Morocco and Nigeria, [in] these little suburban places, turning them into isolated bungalows. Now they're discovering that that doesn't work."
In addition, the United States continues to apply criminal justice standards to the problem, not the rules of law of war, but if there is someone actively plotting violence, "you don't have an obligation to wait," Gingrich said.
Meanwhile, France is not a country on Trump's ban list, which means terrorists could potentially travel to the United States from there, but Gingrich said the matter goes even deeper.
"The guy that shot the French policeman was French," he said. "You have lots of people that are in fact born in the country, have grown up in the country, people who are on the subways in the '90s, had all lived in public housing, had all gone to public school, had all gotten jobs."
Gingrich also joined in a discussion about the ongoing controversy surrounding the Iran nuclear agreement, commenting that "left-wingers live in this fantasy world where there is nothing real."
"They can say the Iranians are going to be our friends, this is a great moment, which is insane," Gingrich said. "The Iranian regime is dedicated to the destruction of the United States and says it openly. They have death to America day."
Trump has assembled as "good a national security team as we have ever seen," and they are being very methodical.
"These are not guys who shoot from the hip, they are methodically looking at this, whether it's in Syria or it's in North Korea or dealing with Iran, and I think they will work with the strategies that are very tough and will execute [them]," Gingrich said.
Gingrich Friday also blasted another former House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi, who called "Trumpcare" a "moral monstrosity" that will devastate Americans by making healthcare even more expensive, especially for older people.
"It's like responding to the Ayatollah," Gingrich said. "Nancy Pelosi's words are a lie. This plan does nothing to Medicare. How does it hurt seniors? You have to understand on the left today, they're still in catatonic shock from the failure of Hillary to win. They just vibrate. "
He also said he hopes to pass healthcare reform, the hope that the measure pass before Trump has been in office for 100 days should not be taken seriously.
The groundwork for reform also has not been completed yet among many of members of Congress, said Gingrich.
"This is why it was deeply opposed to bringing it back," he said. "They haven't done the groundwork for the members to understand what's in the bill, how to defend the bill, and frankly, if there are weaknesses, fix them. That's the whole point of the legislative process."
But if Congress is patient, they'll get the bill passed, said Gingrich.
"Trump is a good manager who listens much better than people think because you don't see him listening," Gingrich said. "I know he's listening to all sorts of different people. We're going to get there, but we need to get there"
He also discussed the race for his former Congressional seat in Georgia, as Trump is urging conservatives to get behind Karen Handel in the upcoming runoff race.
"They raised $8.2 million in the initial round," said Gingrich of the campaign for Democrat Jon Ossoff. "They didn't live in the district. They had little embarrassment, as 92 percent of the money came from outside Georgia. As a Hollywood-based, left-wing candidate, he did remarkably well. No Republican should relax."
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