Adding his voice to the chorus cautioning President Donald Trump regarding his Twitter usage, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) admitted Tuesday that the president’s tweeting habits haven’t always “been in his best interest.”
According to reports, Christie told members of the media in Mendham Township, New Jersey, “I’ve said many times both publicly and to the president directly — and I am not in a small group of people who have said this to him — that I think that Twitter is a great tool when used in the right way.”
However, Christie doesn’t think the president has always used it correctly. He said that while the medium allows Trump to say exactly what he thinks and that “many times he’s used it the right way to get his message out there.” Christie added, “Other times I think what he’s done hasn’t been in his best interest. And all I care about is what’s in the best interest of the president because that’s what’s in the best interest of the country.”
Christie said he would not engage in “critiquing every tweet,” but he did discuss Trump’s recent tweets regarding London Mayor Sadiq Khan’s handling of the terror attack last week. After Khan told Londoners that the larger police presence was “no reason to be alarmed,” President Trump tweeted: “At least 7 dead and 48 wounded in terror attack and Mayor of London says there is ‘no reason to be alarmed!'”
Then Trump tweeted about Khan a second time, writing: “Pathetic excuse by London Mayor Sadiq Khan who had to think fast on his ‘no reason to be alarmed’ statement. [Mainstream media] is working hard to sell it!”
While Khan said Tuesday he “really couldn’t be bothered” to discuss Trump’s tweets, he did say he didn’t think the city should “roll out the red carpet to the president of the USA in the circumstances,” referencing Trump’s upcoming state visit.
Christie addressed the squabble, saying, “I think that people in public life are going to have conflicts with each other. I’ve certainly had mine. Again, the president said what he believed. And the London mayor has reacted the way he believed.”
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