Nicolle Wallace calls out Chris Christie for not criticizing Trump sooner

On Deadline: White House Tuesday night, Nicolle Wallace called out former New Jersey governor Chris Christie for failing to criticize President Trump earlier in his presidency. Wallace has been one of the few Trump allies that has spoken out against Trump’s efforts to overturn the election, but stayed silent through multiple scandals in the past. Wallace wondered if this might have something to do with Christie pondering a White House run in 2024.

“I don’t remember you coming out and forcefully pushing back against Donald Trump’s comments on the Access Hollywood tape. You didn’t defend him but you didn’t withdraw your support. I didn’t hear you after he called African nations bleep-hole nations,” Wallace said. “I didn’t hear you distance yourself from this president at any point until the target for his ire and lawlessness was the democracy you haven’t ruled out leading in four years. Are you simply making a political calculation that you can clean the Trump stink off you faster than Marco Rubio or some of your other competitors?”

Christie said his speaking out in recent weeks has nothing to do with his possible presidential ambitions, and pushed back against the notion that he hasn’t spoken out against Trump in the past.

“You can pick out ones where you believe I didn’t speak out, and you’re right, I didn’t say things about that, but other things were motivating me at that time,” Christie said. “But when I felt like something in his conduct as president was something that I was incredibly opposed to, and that I thought was very important for our country, I spoke out.”

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NICOLE WALLACE: Are you simply making a political calculation that you can clean the Trump stink off you faster than Marco Rubio or some of your other competitors?

CHRIS CHRISTIE: No, I'm not at all, Nicole.

- Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie appeared on "Deadline: White House" on Tuesday, where Nicole Wallace called him out for being vocal about President Trump's efforts to overturn the election, while he was hesitant to criticize Trump earlier in his presidency. Wallace wondered if it might have something to do with Christie pondering a White House run in 2024.

NICOLE WALLACE: I didn't hear you after he called African nations bleephole nations. I didn't hear you distance yourself from this president at any point, until the target for his ire and lawlessness was the democracy you haven't ruled out leading in four years.

- While Christie has defended Trump through multiple scandals, he pushed back on the notion that he hasn't spoken up in the past.

CHRIS CHRISTIE: You can pick out ones where you believe I didn't speak out. And you're right, I didn't say things about that. But other things were motivating me at that time. But when I felt like something in his conduct as president was something that I was incredibly opposed to, and that I thought was very important for our country, I spoke out.

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