Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said Wednesday that President Trump needs to "let loose" next week during his State of the Union address.

The address is set for Feb. 5 following a back-and-forth with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who earlier recommended Trump postpone the speech once the government reopened.

In response to Pelosi's request, Trump refused to allow her access to military aircraft for a trip with other lawmakers to Afghanistan. 

Christie (R), who also directed the president's transition team, said that for Trump to sway public opinion his way regarding border security, he should stop being "tight."


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"I think he's gotta let loose a little bit now on this," Christie said on The Daily Briefing, adding that the speeches Trump has already made on border security have been "controlled."

The president signed a deal last week that ended the 35-day partial government shutdown, funding the government until Feb. 15.

Christie said now that the president will be in front of an audience, he should remind people of how important border security will be for the American people.

The Democratic response to Trump's address next week will be delivered by former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams.

In a statement, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said that Abrams "offers a welcome, stark contrast to President Trump’s politics of division and lack of leadership as American families are still feeling the impacts of his self-imposed shutdown."

Watch more of Chris Christie's interview with Dana Perino above.


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