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Newt Gingrich: Don't Underestimate Donald Trump

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By    |   Friday, 29 Dec 2017 02:21 PM

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich warned that Americans should not underestimate President Donald Trump.

"Would you believe that during his first year as commander in chief, President Trump hosted 43 world leaders at the White House?" Gingrich wrote in a column for Fox News.

"In total, he engaged or met with 149 world leaders in 2017. In 183 calls, the president spoke with leaders from 51 countries. Not exactly the lack of connectivity his critics expected a year ago.

"When Trump won the election, his critics expressed great concern about his apparent lack of preparation and experience in foreign policy and national security."

He noted it "is easy to underestimate the speed at which Trump learns." And Gingrich said Trump listens constantly, but doesn't always obey.

"He is endlessly curious about virtually everything," Gingrich said. "He built a worldwide corporate system, which includes hotels, office buildings, golf courses, books, wine, and a successful reality show. That took constant curiosity as he stretched again and again beyond the real estate skills his father taught him back in Queens."

And Gingrich pointed out Trump's good intuition about personnel has served him well.

"For his national security team, he brought in Marine four-star General James Mattis to be Secretary of Defense, Army three-star Lieutenant General H. R. McMaster to be National Security Adviser, and Marine four-star General John Kelly to be Secretary of Homeland Security," he said.

"Kelly proved so effective, the president brought him in to be White House Chief of Staff. It would be hard to suggest that Trump has lacked competent professional military advice.

"That may also explain why after years of the Obama team's failure to defeat ISIS, the new Trump team calmly and professionally destroyed its territorial base in less than a year. In fact, the Trump team was so efficient and competent, the victory has been virtually unnoticed in the anti-Trump elite media."

Gingrich said Trump's ability to learn as a foreign policy and national security leader "deserves major acknowledgment in every year-end review of 2017."

And he added: "Donald Trump is not the president his critics feared. He is adroitly learning the trade of presidential leadership at a rapid pace."

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