‘The American people will decide whether they believe Donald Trump has been truthful or untruthful in the course of his job…’
(Justin Sink, Bloomberg News) Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said he’s repeatedly rejected job offers from President Donald Trump but that there’s one position he wouldn’t name that he’d accept.
“He knows what I’d say yes to and he knows what I’ve said no to,” Christie said Wednesday during an appearance at SkyBridge Capital’s SALT Conference in Las Vegas.
Christie said he’s told Trump twice each that he wasn’t interested in leading the Department of Homeland Security or the Labor Department, and also turned down White House chief of staff.
He sidestepped a question about whether he was holding out for attorney general, sitting on the stage next to a man who held that post, Jeff Sessions.
He said he’d evaluate whether taking any administration position would be good for his family and the country.
The two ex-prosecutors, among President Donald Trump’s most vocal allies in the days before the 2016 election but both cast aside by the president, nonetheless came to his defense on some fronts while also breaking rank on others.
Christie, who said he continues to advise Trump informally, squared off with moderator Stephanie Ruhle over the Russia collusion hoax, downplaying the MSNBC host’s claims that the president was “a liar and a bully” by saying his hyperbolic rhetorical style was nothing new, according to Fox News.
“Listen, that’s his opinion,” Christie said. “An opinion can’t be a lie. That’s his opinion. I happen to disagree with his opinion. I told him disagree with his opinion.”
However, Christie had sharper words regarding disgraced former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe.
Christie said the Inspector General Michael Horowitz‘s investigation last year of McCabe made him demonstrably a liar.
“Andy McCabe has been found by the independent inspector general of the Justice Department appointed by President Obama to have lied in the course of his job,” Christie said. “The American people will decide whether they believe Donald Trump has been truthful or untruthful in the course of his job.”
Christie, who sought the 2016 Republican presidential nomination and left the governor’s mansion in 2018, also said he hadn’t ruled out running for president again, but that he would not challenge Trump for the party’s nomination in 2020.
Christie added he was open to mounting another run in 2024, and had “no interest” in serving in a legislative body.
Sessions hinted that he might also be weighing a return to public life.
Sessions represented Alabama in the U.S. Senate for a decade before resigning to lead the Justice Department, and Sen. Doug Jones, a Democrat, was elected to fill the seat he abandoned.
Jones is up for reelection in 2020.
“I haven’t made a formal announcement about the Senate race, but I am interested in the issues,” Sessions said.
Liberty Headlines’ Ben Sellers contributed to this report.
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