Gin­grich says up to 70 per­cent of Obama legacy to be erased

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS - — Va­lerie Richard­son

For­mer House Speaker Newt Gin­grich pre­dicted Sun­day that Pres­i­den­t­elect Don­ald Trump will dev­as­tate Pres­i­dent Obama’s legacy by im­me­di­ately re­scind­ing up to 70 per­cent of the Demo­crat’s ex­ec­u­tive or­ders.

“I think in the open­ing cou­ple days, he’s go­ing to re­peal 60 to 70 per­cent of Obama’s legacy by sim­ply ve­to­ing out all of the var­i­ous ex­ec­u­tive or­ders that Obama used be­cause he couldn’t get any­thing through Congress,” Mr. Gin­grich said on Fox Busi­ness’ “Sun­day Morn­ing Fu­tures.”

Shortly af­ter the elec­tion, Mr. Obama ad­vised Mr. Trump to en­act his agenda via Congress, say­ing that “go­ing through the leg­isla­tive process is al­ways bet­ter be­cause in part it’s harder to undo.”

That’s a les­son Mr. Obama may learn the hard way, Mr. Gin­grich said.

“I think Pres­i­dent Obama is be­gin­ning to fig­ure out that his legacy is like one of those dolls that, as the air comes out of it, it shrinks and shrinks,” Mr. Gin­grich said on “Fox News Sun­day.”

Since the elec­tion, the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion has un­der­taken an ag­gres­sive push to ap­prove new reg­u­la­tions, par­tic­u­larly on is­sues re­lated to the en­vi­ron­ment and cli­mate change.


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