Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) said that he made a mistake when he suggested that President-elect Donald Trump will be abandoning his ‘Drain the Swamp’ campaign promise.
Speaking to NPR’s ‘Morning Edition’ on Wednesday, Gingrich said that he has been told that Trump “now says [drain the swamp] was cute, but he doesn’t want to use it anymore.”
— Newt Gingrich (@newtgingrich) December 22, 2016
Apparently, that did not sit well with the President-elect, because just 24 hours later, Gingrich tweeted a video of himself — potentially with the President-elect standing behind the camera directing him — telling his followers that he had made a “big boo-boo” and reversing his prior statement.
“I want to report that I made a big boo-boo. I talked this morning with President-elect Donald Trump, and he reminded me he likes draining the swamp,” Gingrich said in the video. “I mischaracterized it the other day. He intends to drain the swamp,” the former House Speaker continued.
He added that the President-elect “even describes it as DTS. He thinks taking on Boeing and the price is an example of draining the swamp. So, I want all of you to know I goofed, draining the swamp is in. The alligators should be worried, and you’ll hear me write more about alligators and the swamp.
On Wednesday, Gingrich, who has been a close and longtime Trump adviser, said that he (Gingrich) likes the phrase “drain the swamp” because it “vividly illustrates the problem, because all people in [D.C.] who are the alligators are going to hate the swamp being drained.”
“But, you know, he is my leader, and if he decides to drop the swamp and the alligator, I will drop the swamp and the alligator,” he said to NPR.
However, the President-elect took to Twitter on Thursday to dispute reports that he no long wants to drain the swamp. He said someone had incorrectly said he no longer uses the phrase. “Actually, we’ll always be trying to DTS,” Trump tweeted.
Someone incorrectly stated that the phrase "DRAIN THE SWAMP" was no longer being used by me. Actually, we will always be trying to DTS.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 22, 2016
Gingrich ended by saying, “When I make a mistake, I’m going to be straightforward and tell you. I blew that one. Draining the swamp is in. President-elect Trump wants to do it. And you’re going to get to be part of it.”