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Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich sounded off on promises from Democratic leadership that they will not act as a "rubber stamp" for President-elect Trump's policies.

New Minority Leader Charles Schumer of New York said as much in a speech on the Senate floor, where he noted he will also work with Trump on agenda items like infrastructure spending.

"I think the Democrats are in a state of shock," Gingrich said, noting that Schumer's decidedly terse speech reminded him of former House Speaker Charlie Halleck (R-Ind.) who served while John Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson were president.

"Nothing shrinks your party faster than the word 'no'," Gingrich said in characterizing Halleck's and Schumer's messaging.

He said threats of a heated confirmation hearing for ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson were unwise, noting Tillerson's leadership of the multinational corporation and his personal background.

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