During an event at Bovard Auditorium on Tuesday, Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich claimed that the United States’ economic difficulties with China are largely due to the U.S. government’s indifference on the issue.

The former speaker stressed the economic threat that China poses. Gingrich explained that he attributes America’s economic failure to officials’ lack of knowledge on the deal-making tactics that the Chinese consistently employ, thus giving China an upper hand when making deals with the United States.

Gingrich continued to express his concern with America’s inability to compete economically with China, suggesting it will only get worse as the U.S. education system - which he believes to be subpar - threatens to raise future generations without sufficient literacy skills.

Gingrich praised Trump’s efforts to reform the U.S. economic relationship with China, calling Trump “the first president to break with the orthodoxy and actually take the Chinese head-on.”

The crowd in Bovard consistently applauded Gingrich’s statements of key conservative beliefs throughout the night. However, the most well-received line of the night may have been when Gingrich declared that every time he lands in Los Angeles the first thing he does is to go to In-N-Out Burger.

Gingrich was invited to campus by the USC chapter of The Young Americans for Freedom (YAF). YAF is the principal outreach organization of the Conservative Movement. In the past, YAF has hosted a number of controversial speakers on campus, including Ben Shapiro and Michael Knowles. Chapter Chairman Maxwell Brandon said that the goal of this event was to promote unity.

“We thought Newt is [a] much less controversial speaker than the ones we’ve had in the past and was really an opportunity for people of both sides to come willing to listen,” Brandon said. “The issue wasn’t that divisive of a topic and Newt commands a lot of respect from both sides of the aisle.”

The crowd in Bovard consistently applauded Gingrich’s statements of key conservative beliefs throughout the night. However, the most well-received line of the night may have been when Gingrich declared that every time he lands in Los Angeles the first thing he does is to go to In-N-Out Burger.