Former Republican House Speaker Newt Gingrich said President-elect Donald Trump probably doesn't have a plan to defeat ISIS, but he believes that Americans should have their civil liberties restricted if the plan deems that to be necessary.
“I don’t think they have a strategy,” Gingrich told Fox News, according to The Huffington Post. “I think that what they know, which is important, is that they are gonna need a strategy.”
Despite the lack of a strategy, Gingrich, an informal adviser to Trump, said the newly-chosen cabinet members will come up with a way to defeat ISIS in the Middle East.
“They are going to be able to produce a very aggressive strategy,” he said. “They have a much better grip on reality than the Obama administration did.”
Gingrich went on to say that the United States government should take away civil liberties to combat terror and catch traitors.
“People should go back and look at how Lincoln dealt with Southern sympathizers during the Civil War,” Gingrich said. “We passed a Sedition Act for example, which changed our ability to control people who were advocating treason.”
The U.S. government already has the Patriot Act, passed shortly after the Sep. 11 attacks in 2001, which greatly expanded mass surveillance programs on Americans in the name of rooting out terrorism.
Several aspects of those programs have since been found to be illegal and the American Civil Liberties Union has described the Patriot Act as "the root of many of the most serious abuses of government spying powers."
Gingrich was a prolific surrogate for the Trump campaign and was even rumored to be considered to be a possible vice presidential pick in June, reported The Washington Post.