Rep. Gallagher on budget, Bannon and more

Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-8th District) sits down with FOX 11's Robert Hornacek for a Connect to Congress interview on Good Day Wisconsin (January, 5, 2018).

(WLUK) -- Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-8th District) sat down with FOX 11's Robert Hornacek for a wide-ranging interview on Good Day Wisconsin.

Gallagher addressed a number of issues including the upcoming federal spending debate.

"We’re going to have to come together as a country to figure this out but it’s clear to me that the military is in a crisis right now and we can’t punt this down the field any longer," Gallagher said.

He also said he believes a deal can be reached by the January 20 deadline.

"I think it’s eminently feasible, in fact, we were supposed to be in session this week but they cancelled it. My naive suggestion would be they just keep us there and lock us in the House and on the Senate floor until we come to an agreement," Gallagher said.

On North Korea, Gallagher said, "We simply don’t have a good way to predict Kim Jong-un’s behavior. But we cannot allow him to develop a nuclear weapon that threatens our own homeland. So, this is going to be difficult. But the essence of deterrence is convincing the other guy that you are willing to go to war in order to avoid war and that’s what we’re trying to attempt right now."

Gallagher recently returned from a trip to the Middle East where he visited troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.

"There was a group of us, five members of Congress, Democrats and Republicans, who wanted to go there to spend Christmas with the troops just to show our support but also to ask tough questions about our strategy and kind of hear from our diplomatic, our military leaders as well as the marines and soldiers on the ground. What are we doing? Is it working? What is our theory of success? And I have to say I left incredibly impressed," he said.

The first-term Republican also weighed in on the controversy surrounding a new book which details the inner workings of the White House and the relationship between President Trump and his former adviser Steve Bannon.

"Quite honestly, I don’t spend much time thinking about it. I think there’s a gossip columnist that wrote this book. I haven’t read it. I don’t intend on reading it," Gallagher said. "I think if you spend too much time focusing on the gossip of the day, what I call the 'US Weekly-ization of American politics,' it precludes you from actually focusing on doing the work of the people. Listen, I don’t it’s helpful to have a war within the Republican party or people trying to attack each other.

During a stop in Green Bay Friday, Democratic Senator Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin said the book is a distraction.

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