Christie on Kushner: A Lot Harder for Trump to Fire a Family Member
Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) said it may be difficult for President Donald Trump to have his family members working in the White House.
Christie, who was replaced by Gov. Phil Murphy (D-N.J.) in January, said on ABC News that everyone in the White House must focus on "what is best for the president."
Host George Stephanopoulos asked Christie about recent reports about adviser and presidential son-in-law Jared Kushner.
Christie said it might be time for Kushner to follow the "noble" example set by Hope Hicks, who resigned as communications director last week.
"I think Hope Hicks saw that between the Rob Porter situation and some of the other things that were going on, that she was becoming a distraction for the president and less of an asset in her mind, and she did the noble thing in my view, which was to say, you know what, if I’m not 100 percent an asset for the president, I’m going to back away," said Christie.
Kushner lost his top secret security clearance and has been suspected of being susceptible to blackmail, partially because of his family's wealth of real estate and other holdings.
The two discussed reports that Charles Kushner, Jared's father, met with Qatari officials shortly before the younger Kushner began organizing diplomatic actions against the Middle Eastern country.
Christie called Jared Kushner's case "particularly sensitive."
.@GovChristie's message to White House staff: “I think what the staff has to do is, in fact, what I think Hope Hicks did. I think Hope Hicks saw… that she was becoming a distraction for the president and less of an asset in her mind. She did the noble thing.” #ThisWeek pic.twitter.com/Nnm5iaPCl2
— This Week (@ThisWeekABC) March 4, 2018
He said that it is a somewhat "normal situation" if a president must fire a staff member, but that termination becomes "a lot more difficult if you're sitting at Thanksgiving dinner with that person."
Christie said that "staff failures" in general have led to some of the reported unrest in the White House - pointing specifically to the departure of top aide Rob Porter.
"I think everybody has to focus on what is best for the president," Christie said. "[If not,] they're ill-serving the president."
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