WATCH: Christie Blasts NYT Reporter for Saying Trump Staffers Should Feel 'Shame'
'You have no respect for this president.'
Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and New York Times reporter Michelle Goldberg clashed on ABC's "This Week" while discussing the last week's anonymous op-ed.
In the bombshell New York Times piece, an anonymous senior Trump official claims to be part of a "resistance" working against President Trump from within the White House.
Since the op-ed was published on Wednesday, a bevy of top administration officials have rushed to deny any involvement, including Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis and more than a dozen others.
While discussing the op-ed and the fallout, Goldberg said Sunday morning she cannot understand how people can be part of the Trump administration and not feel "shame" and "responsibility for foisting this on this nation."
Christie fired back that it's an "outrageous statement" to suggest someone should be ashamed for working in the Trump White House.
“It’s an absolutely outrageous statement, you’re serving your country,” he said, arguing that the anonymous official should resign rather than taking the "cowardly" action of writing the op-ed.
Goldberg said it will be difficult for the administration to zero in on who the anonymous author is because the number of White House officials who respect Trump is "infinitesimal."
“That’s just not true,” Christie said. "From where you sit, you have no respect for the president, that’s obvious, but don’t tell me that the hardworking people in the White House [also do not]."
He said honorable men like Mattis and White House Chief of Staff John Kelly have respect for Trump, because they would leave their positions if they did not.
Goldberg noted that the new book by veteran reporter Bob Woodward also portrays a chaotic Trump White House filled with second-guessing by members of Trump’s staff, who repeatedly bad-mouth him behind closed doors.
Christie countered that Woodward wrote about him in the book, and he got some details "profoundly wrong."
"He never picked up the phone to fact-check with me,” Christie said. “Bob may, in fact, be relying on people who were making things up, and he didn’t do his homework.”