Former NJ Gov. Chris Christie told ABC’s ‘This Week’ roundtable that no one should have been surprised by the president’s announcement on tariffs and it is time to stop complaining about his style.
“I don’t understand why anybody is so surprised. It is who he is. And this decision making process we should no longer call unprecedented. It isn’t.”
He added: “For 30 years he’s been saying he’s in favor of tariffs.”
CHRISTIE: Let me tell you a bit about the president’s style, knowing him.
KARL: Because this was a little whackier than form.
CHRISTIE: No. No, no, no. Listen, it’s pretty consistent with who he is.
KARL: I agree.
CHRISTIE: There comes a moment when he’s made — hold on — no, no, wait Jon — there comes a moment when he’s made up his mind and staff wants to continue to make arguments. And he doesn’t want to hear it. And — but he doesn’t like that confrontation with staff, so he just says, OK, remember how he announced the FBI director. There was a lot of argument inside about who the new FBI director should be. And all of a sudden one morning he tweets out, not from the White House press office, not an announcement from behind the podium, not with a prepared press release, but a tweet saying I name Christopher Wray the new director of the FBI.
When the president finally decides he’s made up his mind — and on the tariffs no one should be
surprised. I mean, go back to his Oprah Winfrey interview in the late 1980s.
KARL: He’s been talking about that.
CHRISTIE: So, this is one of those things where a lot of people talk about jello. And you’re saying before that the president moves. Not on this he hasn’t. For 30 years he’s been saying he’s in favor of tariffs. So, I don’t understand why anybody is so surprised. It is who he is. And this decision making process we should no longer call unprecedented. It isn’t. …read more