Trump adviser says he is ditching 'drain the swamp' - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Trump adviser says he is ditching 'drain the swamp'

Posted: Updated:
WASHINGTON -

One of Donald Trump's advisers says the president-elect is no longer interested in his rallying cry "drain the swamp."
    
"I'm told he now just disclaims that. He now says it was cute, but he doesn't want to use it anymore," former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said in an interview that aired Wednesday on NPR. Gingrich, a vice chairman of the transition team, also predicted there would be "constant fighting" over Trump's efforts to reduce the influence of lobbyists and Washington insiders.
    
Trump's aides say he remains committed to his underlying swamp-draining policies, such as banning outgoing Trump transition and administration members from lobbying for five years. Trump also prohibits any lobbyists from joining his transition team or administration unless they de-register.
    
"President-elect Trump's ethics reform policies are full speed ahead," transition spokesman Jason Miller said. "We're going to change the way business is done in Washington and start putting the American people first."
    
"'Drain the swamp'" became a staple of the final month of Trump's campaign, with crowds chanting it as loudly as they had been shouting "build the wall" and "lock her up." The slogan also appeared on T-shirts and signs.
    
It has remained part of Trump's post-election "thank you" tour. Whether in Ohio or Florida, the crowd continued to shout along with the president-elect as he vowed to curtail corruption in Washington - even as he revealed that he wasn't always crazy about the catchphrase.
    
"Funny how that term caught on, isn't it?" Trump mused during a rally this month in Des Moines, Iowa. "I tell everyone, I hated it. Somebody said 'drain the swamp' and I said, 'Oh, that is so hokey. That is so terrible.'"
    
"I said, all right, I'll try it," Trump continued. "So like a month ago I said 'drain the swamp' and the place went crazy. And I said 'Whoa, what's this?' Then I said it again. And then I start saying it like I meant it, right? And then I started to love it, and the place loved it. Drain the swamp. It's true. It's true. Drain the swamp."
    
Gingrich told NPR that as the incoming president, perhaps Trump feels that "he should be marginally more dignified" than leading crowds in "lock her up" and "drain the swamp" chants. Gingrich said he supports Trump's ethics reform proposals.

(Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Police: Washington State University QB Tyler Hilinski dead from apparent suicide

    Police: Washington State University QB Tyler Hilinski dead from apparent suicide

    Wednesday, January 17 2018 2:05 AM EST2018-01-17 07:05:06 GMT

    PULLMAN, Wash. - Pullman Police say at around 4:30 pm, officers responded to the Aspen Village Apartments to check on the welfare of Washington State University football player Tyler Hilinski after he did not show up for practice earlier in the day. Officers arrived and found 21-year-old Hilinski deceased in the apartment with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

    >>

    PULLMAN, Wash. - Pullman Police say at around 4:30 pm, officers responded to the Aspen Village Apartments to check on the welfare of Washington State University football player Tyler Hilinski after he did not show up for practice earlier in the day. Officers arrived and found 21-year-old Hilinski deceased in the apartment with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

    >>
  • Brother of Spokane Valley man who drove into Hayden Lake speaks

    Brother of Spokane Valley man who drove into Hayden Lake speaks

    Tuesday, January 16 2018 9:59 PM EST2018-01-17 02:59:29 GMT

    HAYDEN, Idaho - He was a brother, son, father and loved by many. 34-year-old Christopher Lancaster lost his life tragically after crashing his car into Hayden Lake over the weekend. Now his family wants his memory to live on. Chris' brother, Dustin, say Chris had just gotten a new IT job on Friday. Now he leaves behind two sons.

    >>

    HAYDEN, Idaho - He was a brother, son, father and loved by many. 34-year-old Christopher Lancaster lost his life tragically after crashing his car into Hayden Lake over the weekend. Now his family wants his memory to live on. Chris' brother, Dustin, say Chris had just gotten a new IT job on Friday. Now he leaves behind two sons.

    >>
  • Coug nation reacts to death of WSU QB Tyler Hilinski

    Coug nation reacts to death of WSU QB Tyler Hilinski

    Wednesday, January 17 2018 1:09 AM EST2018-01-17 06:09:22 GMT

    PULLMAN, Wash. - The Washington State University community and Coug fans everywhere continue to mourn after news broke that 21-year-old quarterback Tyler Hilinski took his own life Tuesday afternoon. Friends, fans and family took to social media with the hashtag #RIP3 to discuss the loss of a special young man and a talented athlete.

    >>

    PULLMAN, Wash. - The Washington State University community and Coug fans everywhere continue to mourn after news broke that 21-year-old quarterback Tyler Hilinski took his own life Tuesday afternoon. Friends, fans and family took to social media with the hashtag #RIP3 to discuss the loss of a special young man and a talented athlete.

    >>
HD DOPPLER 6i
/
  • Top Stories from KHQHomeMore>>

  • Colorado man's body found encased in concrete inside his own home, daughter charged

    Colorado man's body found encased in concrete inside his own home, daughter charged

    Wednesday, January 17 2018 8:33 PM EST2018-01-18 01:33:56 GMT
    Federal Heights PoliceFederal Heights Police

    FEDERAL HEIGHTS, Colo. - Prosecutors charged a Colorado woman with the father's murder this week after 9 News says police investigating his disappearance found his body encased in concrete inside the crawl space under his home.  45-year-old Dayna Jennings was arrested Jan. 10 after police searched her 69-year-old William Mussack's home and found his remains, approximately one month after friends and family members say they stopped hearing from him.

    >>

    FEDERAL HEIGHTS, Colo. - Prosecutors charged a Colorado woman with the father's murder this week after 9 News says police investigating his disappearance found his body encased in concrete inside the crawl space under his home.  45-year-old Dayna Jennings was arrested Jan. 10 after police searched her 69-year-old William Mussack's home and found his remains, approximately one month after friends and family members say they stopped hearing from him.

    >>
  • What you should do if you have the flu

    What you should do if you have the flu

    Wednesday, January 17 2018 8:32 PM EST2018-01-18 01:32:14 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - The number of flu cases continue to rise. In Spokane County, more than 300 people have been hospitalized because of it and 14 of them have died. So how do you know you have the flu? KHQ met with Dr. Bob Lutz, Spokane County health officer. He says that the flu is a respiratory illness and if you have it, you’ll know it’s more than a cold. “You have the body aches. Everything hurts. I’ve had people tell me their eyes hurt, their hair hu...

    >>

    SPOKANE, Wash. - The number of flu cases continue to rise. In Spokane County, more than 300 people have been hospitalized because of it and 14 of them have died. So how do you know you have the flu? KHQ met with Dr. Bob Lutz, Spokane County health officer. He says that the flu is a respiratory illness and if you have it, you’ll know it’s more than a cold. “You have the body aches. Everything hurts. I’ve had people tell me their eyes hurt, their hair hu...

    >>
  • Ohio police warn of 'Rizzy powder' after man's skin eaten away

    Ohio police warn of 'Rizzy powder' after man's skin eaten away

    Wednesday, January 17 2018 8:27 PM EST2018-01-18 01:27:37 GMT

    Police in Stark County, Ohio have sent a warning to other departments after the skin on a man's arms was eaten away, possibly by a new heroin combination.  WCMH-TV in Columbus reported that the man was possibly injured by heroin laced with Rizzy powder. The man's arms were blackened, and some of his skin was eaten away. "It's very, very disturbing," Alliance Police Sgt. Michael Yarian said.

    >>

    Police in Stark County, Ohio have sent a warning to other departments after the skin on a man's arms was eaten away, possibly by a new heroin combination.  WCMH-TV in Columbus reported that the man was possibly injured by heroin laced with Rizzy powder. The man's arms were blackened, and some of his skin was eaten away. "It's very, very disturbing," Alliance Police Sgt. Michael Yarian said.

    >>