Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said it would be “stunningly unpatriotic” if John Kerry told Palestinian officials that they should not give into President Trump’s demands because he won’t be in the White House long.
Kerry, former secretary of state, reportedly told a close associate of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to “hold on and be strong.”
“[Tell Abbas] that he should stay strong in his spirit and play for time, that he will not break and will not yield to President Trump’s demands,” Kerry said, according to Maariv, a newspaper in Israel.
Kerry added that he doesn’t expect Trump will be in office within a year.
Gingrich said as a former secretary of state, Kerry knows giving such advice would be “anti-American.”
“That kind of advice would be stunningly unpatriotic,” Gingrich told “Fox and Friends” Thursday. “And I don’t think John Kerry would do something like that. I hope he wouldn’t … I would be very surprised if secretary of state Sen. John Kerry would have said anything that was overtly anti-American.”