Former White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs on Sunday dismissed foreign policy criticism from Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich, quipping that his advice was only valuable “[i]f there’s a problem on a lunar colony.”
Last week, Gingrich had blasted President Barack Obama for apologizing to Afghans after U.S. troops reportedly burned a number of Qurans.
“If [Afghan President] Hamid Karzai doesn’t feel like apologizing, then I feel like we should say goodbye and good luck,” the former House Speaker said, referring to deaths resulting from protests over the Quran burning. “We don’t need to be here wasting our lives and wasting our money for somebody who doesn’t care.”
CNN’s Candy Crowley asked Gibbs if Gingrich had captured the public mood with his call to leave Afghanistan.
“What the president is trying to do now is to get us to a point where we can hand off the security of Afghanistan to the Afghans, and that we can bring our troops home,” the Obama campaign adviser explained.
“Quite honestly, I’m not sure many people are looking to Newt Gingrich for foreign policy advice. If there’s problem on the lunar colony, he’ll be among the first we call,” Gibbs quipped.
Gingrich has been widely mocked after a January speech where he proposed creating a moon base that could become the 51st state.
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Here are 7 wild, bizarre and pathetic moments from Trump’s ‘campaign launch’
On Tuesday night, President Donald Trump held a rally that was billed as the official launch his re-election campaign — though he has never really stopped holding campaign rallies.
As expected, the president ranted, lied, and engaged in the raucous attacks that are central to his connection with Republican voters. Some of it was actually just sad, such as his continued obsession with Hillary Clinton.
Here are seven of the wildest, disturbing and pathetic moments from the rally:
1. He said Democrats "want to destroy our country as we know it."
Trump casually accuses Democrats of "want[ing] to destroy you and they want to destroy our country as we know it." pic.twitter.com/4K79KlbEeR
British PM candidates clash over Brexit as Boris Johnson skips debate
Candidates to become Britain's next prime minister clashed over Brexit strategy at their first debate on Sunday but the frontrunner, Boris Johnson, dodged the confrontation.
The 90-minute debate on Channel 4 featured the five remaining candidates and an empty podium for Johnson, the gaffe-prone former foreign secretary and former mayor of London.
In sometimes ill-tempered exchanges, four of the five candidates said they would seek to renegotiate the draft Brexit divorce deal agreed with Brussels even though EU leaders have repeatedly ruled this out.
Michael Cohen ordered back to Congress on March 6
President Donald Trump's so-called "fixer" is being asked to return to Congress for more questioning on March 6.
Outside of the closed-door committee hearing Thursday, Cohen said that the House Intelligence Committee is seeking further information, according to Washington Examiner writer Byron York.
Michael Cohen finished closed-door testimony before House Intel Committee, says he's coming back for another session March 6. Again: No reason for secrecy. Transcripts should be released ASAP.
— Byron York (@ByronYork) February 28, 2019