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SPIEGEL: Mr. Gingrich, what can we expect during the first 100 days of the Trump presidency?
Gingrich: You can expect a great deal of action. Donald Trump is a very action-oriented person. I think in the first few weeks, you’re going to see a lot of executive orders repealed, peeling back the Obama legacy. You’re going to see steps moving forward across a broad range of fronts, and I think they are likely to be very successful opening weeks.
SPIEGEL: Many people fear that after Trump’s inauguration on Jan. 20, the United States will become a less tolerant and instead more authoritarian, Putin-style state. This fear is also palpable in Europe.
Gingrich: That is irrational verging on insane. I mean, any suggestion that the most open and diverse society on the planet is likely to in any way resemble Russia requires a suspension of common sense that is pretty hard to deal with. Have you ever been in Moscow?
SPIEGEL: No, unfortunately not.
Gingrich: Then talk to one of your colleagues and ask them what’s it like to work there as a journalist, and then just look around here again. You cannot compare those two countries. I know Europe and I know the Europeans. I am an Army brat who lived in Stuttgart and got a Ph.D. in European history, who also lived in France and Belgium. And I am tired of some Europeans saying such things that are baloney.
SPIEGEL: Americans and Europeans fear a new arms race, for example. Trump himself recently said that development might happen.
Gingrich: If you look at how the Russians have worked on their nuclear weapons in the last 10 years, there already is an arms race. Russia is modernizing its nuclear systems. They’re moving toward more effective tactical nuclear systems. They’re moving toward delivery systems designed to evade anti-ballistic missile defenses. The Russians are investing, by the way, in robotic weapons, including a potential robotic tank. Their investment in new technology, I suspect, outweighs all of the European defense research and development spending combined.