Former Republican House Speaker Newt Gingrich said President-elect Donald Trump is no longer interested in "draining the swamp."
“I'm told he now just disclaims that,” Gingrich told NPR, referring to Trump's popular “drain the swamp” campaign slogan that indicated he would change the status quo of Washington, D.C., reports Politico. “He now says it was cute, but he doesn't want to use it anymore.”
On Dec. 18, Gingrich referenced the “swamp” in a tweet about Democrats' failed attempt to convince the Electoral College voters to vote against Trump.
“The alligators are unhappy about draining the swamp,” Gingrich wrote. “That is the explanation for the nonsense about subverting the electoral college.”
In the NPR interview, Gingrich went on to describe Trump as a president-elect who's beginning to change his tone before he takes office, which might reflect on his cast of surrogates.
“I've noticed on a couple of fronts, like people chanting 'lock her up,' that he's in a different role now and maybe he feels that as president, as the next president of the United States, that he should be marginally more dignified than talking about alligators in swamps,” Gingrich said. “I personally have, as a sense of humor, like the alligator and swamp language. ... I think it vividly illustrates the problem, because all the people in this city who are the alligators are going to hate the swamp being drained. And there's going to be constant fighting over it. 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.”