A rocky rollout of President Donald Trump's ban on travelers from seven Muslim-majority nations is making the first test of the new administration's immigration policy look like an "off-Broadway" performance, according to Newt Gingrich.
In comments to the Washington Post, President Trump's informal adviser and former House Speaker weighed in on the reported conflict within the administration about the executive order that has triggered widespread protests.
"The problem they've got is this is an off-Broadway performance of a show that is now the No. 1 hit on Broadway," Gingrich told the newspaper.
According to the Post, another area of heated debate within the administration is over the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which grants legal protection to illegal immigrants brought to the United States as children.
Hardline conservatives want Trump to rescind DACA, while other advisers, including Gingrich, are advising the president to keep it in place and avoid a politically dangerous confrontation, the Post reported.
"Why pick a fight over this group of people who have a lot of emotional stories to tell? It's not realistic. It's not practical," Gingrich told the newspaper.
"I strongly agree with the general direction we're going, but I think this particular fight doesn't emotionally make any sense," he said.
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