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Gingrich on Syria: 'If the Russians get in the way, they're just going to get hit'

Former House speaker gives his take on 'Hannity'

 

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich told Fox News' "Hannity" Monday night that the Trump administration should launch more strikes against Syria if that country's president uses chemical weapons again, despite Russian threats to retaliate. 

"We went through the entire Cold War with saber-rattling, but not firing on each other, and I don’t think they’re going to fire on us now," Gingrich told host Sean Hannity. "The fact is, we have crossed a line – the president crossed this line. We are not going to tolerate Assad continuing to use chemical weapons.

 

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Former House speaker shares his thoughts on 'Hannity'

 

"If Assad doesn’t use chemical weapons, my guess is everything will calm down," Gingrich went on. "If he does use chemical weapons, I think we’re going to hit him again and if the Russians get in the way, they’re just going to get hit as part of the process."

Gingrich added that he believes the best solution in Syria is for military rule to replace Assad, saying it would lead to "a more stable and more rational government."

The former speaker also rubbished reports of turmoil surrounding President Trump's advisers, telling Hannity that "Washington reporters love gossip more than facts. They love covering insider junk more than covering history.

"But the fact is, Donald J. Trump is going to be president," Gringrich said. "You’re not going to last in the Trump White House unless the program you’re executing is the Trump program ... Somebody who came in there and tried to manipulate him would last about 12 hours."