Newsmax CEO Christopher Ruddy tells PBS's "NewsHour" the Trump's administration can break from its "perpetual quagmire" if it focuses on agenda items that have made the president a political success.
Appearing Tuesday night on the PBS show with host Judy Woodruff, Ruddy said the administration risks getting bogged down in "side issues," such as alleged Russian collusion to Trump's own propensity to stir things up on Twitter.
"They're not focusing on, I think, the big agenda items of the Trump administration that are very positive for him," Ruddy said, including his jobs program and getting China to open up its markets to American businesses for the first time in 30 years.
"They're focusing on personnel issues and other things that are not necessarily moving their agenda or making the president more popular," he said.
Ruddy, who is a friend of the president, said the press itself also gets caught up in controversies but does not understand Trump moves along "two parallel tracks" at the same time.
"There's the controversial political guy that's always out there with his tweets," he said. "He comes from a show business background as well as a very successful career in finance and real estate. . . . The press thinks they're totally aggravating him. He sometimes thrives on the public controversy and the hitting back."
At the same time, Trump is really focused on second track of "results," Ruddy said.
"He knows that the American people are going to judge him by his performance on the economy, on jobs, on national security," Ruddy added.
The president has been pushing forward relentlessly, on those issues, Ruddy claimed.
"I spoke to Steve Bannon today; he said the morale of the administration is very high," Ruddy said. "That they're pushing forward on all these agenda items. They're not going to get bogged down on these investigations."
Ruddy disagreed with critics who think the Trump administration might fall into the trap of previous administrations who stonewalled the investigative process.
Ruddy said there is no evidence Trump or his White House have been stonewalling.
"They're cooperating with Congress," he said, adding even with the firing of former FBI Director James Comey, Trump did not shut down the Russia probe, which he could have done through the Justice Department.
"He was upset that Comey was pursuing this when people are making leaks of the most highly classified conversations our president can have with world leaders, and they're making them out of the intelligence community, and nobody wants to investigate that," Ruddy said.
"And yet he feels after six months of investigating Russia, they keep saying there's no evidence of collusion on this, but yet it keeps going on and on."
Ruddy said he expects more staff shakeups, but does not think it will be a "wholesale" turnover.
"I do think there will be additional changes coming down the pike," he said.
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