Newt Gingrich said Thursday he was at the White House this week to see the Christmas decorations, not to interview to be President Trump’s next chief of staff.
The Washington Examiner reports:
“No,” the former House speaker said on Fox News when asked if he’s a candidate. “As you pointed out, I went to the White House yesterday to see the decorations. We wanted to see what Melania had done.”
“Several reporters saw me … and that promptly jumped to, ‘Oh, are you being interviewed?’ No, I was actually just wandering around just looking at decorations. It was Christmas.”
“I was there as an American citizen looking at one of the most famous of American buildings,” he said.
Gingrich said he would support anyone Trump picks to be his next chief of staff. But he said Trump should pick someone who can stand up to Trump.
“He needs somebody strong enough to say no. This is a very strong-willed personality,” Gingrich said. “He will run over a weaker person, and they will rapidly lose control of the building.”