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Gingrich: Trump Needs to Think in Teamwork Terms

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By    |   Monday, 21 August 2017 11:56 AM

President Donald Trump could end up "being a remarkably great president," former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said Monday, "but he's got to make a couple of mid-course corrections."

"The president's got to learn to think in team terms," Gingrich told Fox News' "Fox & Friends," while drawing a comparison with golfing.

"One of the challenges of golf, in a way, it is an individual sport," said Gingrich. "It's you against the course. The game he is now in is a team sport. And I think he needs to think like a team leader and team builder, and that's a very big change for somebody who is used to playing an individual sport."

Trump, to be successful, will need to build a "Trump team," said Gingrich, and he "has got to quit stepping on himself."

"He had a very good infrastructure press conference the other day, and then he stepped on it, blew it, guaranteed that it wouldn't get covered," said Gingrich. "That's like a quarterback who goes out and throws the ball down to the other side and fumbles on the first play of every possession."

Trump must be more disciplined, said Gingrich, and work as part of a team, and then he could be a "remarkably great president.'

Gingrich said he also does not think things will change dramatically for Trump now that Steve Bannon has left the White House.

"Bannon was one of the sources of ideas, but I think [he] will be a source of ideas on the outside," said Gingrich. "What you're seeing is [Chief of Staff John] Kelly's ability to organize a structured White House, and that's something the president has needed very badly."

Kelly, said Gingrich, could be the kind of chief of staff that Jim Baker was to President Ronald Reagan, and if Trump and Kelly continue to work together, "I think you'll see a very steady improvement in the routine effectiveness of the administration."

Bannon, meanwhile, was more of a "free spirit," said Gingrich.

"I once said that he was a pirate serving in the U.S. Navy, and I think he preferred to go back to being a pirate," said Gingrich. "He'll be on the outside attacking things he doesn't like and arguing, offering ideas the president will sometimes adopt."

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President Donald Trump could end up "being a remarkably great president," former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said Monday, "but he's got to make a couple of mid-course corrections."
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