Newt Gingrich defended President-elect Trump's appointment of campaign chairman Steve Bannon. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich defended President-elect Trump’s appointment of campaign chairman Steve Bannon to chief strategist by downplaying controversial stories Breitbart has published.

Some have worried that Breitbart’s sometimes contentious stories and columns are indicative of the company chairman’s views and that Trump’s allowing Bannon into the White House could undo changes President Obama has made.

“There’s a big difference between the kind of stuff they did at Breitbart, which was designed to attract audiences and was actually very successful, and lots of people tuned it partly out of amusement,” Gingrich told Fox News host Megyn Kelly. “It’s like reading the Daily Mail every day from England – I mean there’s all kind of stuff there and you keep finding yourself doing it.”

Gingrich said he and his wife Callista have known Bannon for a long time and that his decision to accept a spot in the Trump administration stemmed out of concern “that Washington has grown corrupt, way too large as a government, [and] a threat to our liberties.”

Bannon’s reputation as a fighter was just the kind of person Trump needs on his team, Gingrich added.

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