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Gingrich Calls Trump Immigration Tweet A ‘Big Mistake’

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Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich told reporters with USA Today that he thinks Republican President-elect Donald Trump shouldn’t have tweeted about his belief in the massive illegal immigrant vote Tuesday.

“The president of the United States can’t randomly tweet without having somebody check it out,” Gingrich told USA TODAY’s weekly video newsmaker series. “It makes you wonder about whatever else he’s doing. It undermines much more than a single tweet.”

Trump tweeted that he actually won the popular vote Sunday, saying, “In addition to winning the Electoral College in a landslide,” Trump wrote, “I won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally.”

Gingrich called the decision a “big mistake,” arguing that Trump should be moving on to other concerns. Gingrich did take the time to praise Trump’s decision to install former campaign chairman Steve Bannon as chief strategist and Republican Party Chairman Reince Priebus as White House chief of staff.

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