Gingrich to Trump: Don’t ‘Get Along’ With Clinton-Filled Bureaucracies -- ‘Overhaul’ Them

By Penny Starr | January 17, 2017 | 4:29pm EST

Former House Speaker

Newt Gingrich.  

(Penny Starr/

( – When asked whether President-elect Donald Trump should try to get along with the “intelligence community” and other federal agencies, former Republican Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich said no, he should “overhaul” them because they are filled with Hillary Clinton supporters who have “contempt” for Trump.

“When we’re told that Trump needs to get along with these bureaucracies, my first answer is no,” Gingrich said at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday. “I want him to change the bureaucracies, not get along with them.”

“And if he’s going to change the bureaucracies, which are filled with people who gave money to Clinton, filled with people who voted for Clinton, filled with people who have total contempt for Trump, why would you pretend that they are a neutral civil service?” Gingrich said. “They are the other team paid for by the taxpayers.”

“And I think it’s going to take a great deal of courage and a great deal of endurance to go through it,” Gingrich said.

Gingrigh said he was asked on CBS’s Face the Nation on Sunday if Trump should “cozy up” with the intelligence community, which he said had released a report about Trump colluding with the Russians that had not been vetted and revealed “incompetence” in those intelligence agencies.

“And my answer was no,” Gingrich said. “That his instruction to Dan Coates as the new director of national intelligence should be to thoroughly, totally overhaul the community.”

“So I don’t want to be told that the head of the CIA, who is a Clinton appointee, who is a left-winger, and who I totally distrust, is somebody I have to be friends with,” Gingrich said.

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