Chris Christie calls Trump’s comments praising Putin ‘dangerous’

Former New Jersey Republican Governor Chris Christie has condemned Donald Trump for his comments praising Vladimir Putin at the start of the invasion of Ukraine.

The former president said the Russian leader was “brilliant” and “knowledgeable” on the eve of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. “He used the word ‘independent’ and ‘we’re going out and we’re going in and we’re ‘going to help keep the peace.’ You have to say that is pretty savvy,” Mr Trump said in an interview for the conservative radio show The Clay Travis and Buck Sexton Show.

“Do we want to send words of admiration to someone [Putin] who, as we speak this morning, is directing the slaughter of women and children in Ukraine without any conscience?” Mr. Christie asked during a speech in New Hampshire on Monday.

“Words matter to everyone. Words matter,” he continued. “These words from people in our party who called him [Putin] “genius” and “very shrewd” are broadcast again and again on Russian television to justify and support a dictator who sends his soldiers to the slaughterhouse in Ukraine. »

Mr Christie headlined the first ‘Politics and Eggs’ series of the 2024 election cycle at Saint Anselm College during his remarks. “I think these words are dangerous. They’re not just bad, they’re dangerous,” he said.

Mr Trump then doubled down on his opinion of Putin, speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Orlando, Florida, he said the Russian dictator was “smart”.

On Sunday, Ukrainian officials said Russia had an art school in Mariupol “where 400 people were housed.” Russia reportedly bombed a theater in Mariupol where civilians were sheltering on Wednesday. Russia also reportedly bombed a maternity hospital in the southeastern Ukrainian city.

“Doing this to a peaceful city, which the occupiers did, is a terror that will be remembered for centuries,” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said in a video to the nation.

“Children, old people are dying. The city is destroyed and it is wiped off the face of the earth,” Mariupol police officer Michail Vershnin said in a video filmed in the city.

Mr Christie also criticized President Biden in his response to the invasion. “When Joe Biden decided to stop arming Ukrainians in January 2021 when he took office, it was a huge mistake, because it was a signal to Putin that we don’t care,” he said. -he declares.

The former New Jersey governor was a supporter of Donald Trump until his false claims about the rigged 2020 election.

“As a party we have to move forward. We can’t look back. We can’t be a party of revenge and vendettas. We can’t be a party of settling scores for me. We have to be a party an opportunity and an inspiration for us,” said Mr. Christie, who was rumored to be planning to run for office again in 2024.

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