Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich speaks during the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Md., Friday, Feb. 27, 2015. (Photo: Carolyn Kaster/AP)"I think that Trump is a very practical person and he does business in Canada, knows Canada reasonably well, and I think that his inclination will be to go issue by issue."
"I think that Trump is a very practical person and he does business in Canada, knows Canada reasonably well, and I think that his inclination will be to go issue by issue."Trudeau has said he has "tremendous confidence" in Americans' capacity to get "the right result" through their electoral system, and has said he hopes Canada's choice in electing a Liberal government and opting for a "more open, fair and positive way of doing politics" resonates through political systems around the world. The prime minister has also said he'd work with a potential president Trump on areas where they shared common ground, such as a mutual desire for better jobs.
Trump not even 'paying attention to what American politicians are saying'Trump, however, isn't paying attention to what Canadians are saying about him, Gingrich noted. "No," he said wryly. "He's not (even) paying attention to what American politicians are saying." Trump has astounded observers with a bid for the White House that has seen him abandon political correctness and insult large segments of the voting public. In recent days, he has said women should face some sort of punishment if they have illegal abortions, though he quickly backtracked, and has staunchly defended his campaign manager, who has been charged with simple battery for an altercation with a female reporter. He has also suggested some Mexicans entering the U.S. are murderers and rapists, and has suggested banning non-citizen Muslims from the country, among other controversial pronouncements.
Rhetoric to cool down?The inflammatory rhetoric, however, is likely to change if Trump secures the Republican nomination, Gingrich predicted. "Trump has a very segmented sense of what he is doing. Right now he is winning the nomination, then he will have to win the general election, then he'll have to figure out how to be president," he said. "He is very clearly speaking to his American audience. He's not speaking to university professors who don't like him, and he's not speaking to the Hollywood liberals. He knows that between now and July he has to find a way to get enough delegates to become the nominee or it doesn't matter what he says. And so he's pretty maniacally focused at that level." Trump, Gingrich went on to note, thrives on securing deals, in business and politics. "I think he understands that he's got to move to a new level and the challenge is whether or not he can do it," he said. "He really has a passion for getting to a deal. I think he'd approach a lot of these things trying to find a way to get things solved, not a way to continue hostility."
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