Posted: 12:20 pm Thursday, December 22nd, 2016
By Jamie Dupree
Brushing aside a former GOP Speaker of the House who said President-Elect Trump was done with the saying, “Drain the Swamp,” Mr. Trump made clear on Thursday afternoon that he was not giving up on his effort to clean things up in Washington.
“Someone incorrectly stated that the phrase “DRAIN THE SWAMP” was no longer being used by me,” Trump tweeted, as he vowed to keep saying it.
Someone incorrectly stated that the phrase "DRAIN THE SWAMP" was no longer being used by me. Actually, we will always be trying to DTS.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 22, 2016
That “someone” was former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who swiftly admitted that he had made a “big boo-boo.”
— Newt Gingrich (@newtgingrich) December 22, 2016
In his video, Gingrich said he had been on the phone with the President-Elect today.
“He reminded me, he likes draining the swamp; I mischaracterized it the other day,” Gingrich said.
Before and after the election, Mr. Trump has often said at his rallies that he didn’t like the idea of using the line, “Drain the Swamp,” but that the reaction had been so positive, that he kept doing it.
“Oh, that is so hokey,” Trump said, admitting he didn’t think it would work well on the campaign trail.
And it looks like it is sticking around.
About the Author
Jamie Dupree is the Radio News Director of the Washington Bureau of the Cox Media Group and writes the Washington Insider blog. A native of Washington, D.C., Jamie has covered Congress and politics in the nation’s capital since the Reagan Administration, and has been reporting for Cox since 1989.