As Donald Trump’s rhetoric toward the free press becomes more heated, his regular coronavirus-related press briefings are starting to attract criticism from within his own party.
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In recent comments during an interview on ABC’s “The View,” former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie expressed his disagreement with the way Trump has chosen to handle these addresses.
“I think the press has been in a death spiral that the president participates in, which hurts both of them,” the former Republican presidential hopeful said. “I think that the questions are often combative and gotcha. His responses, I think at times, are beneath what he should be doing.”
Christie went on to question the length of Trump’s remarks, suggesting the impeached president “should be there for 10 or 15 minutes off the top to deliver the big headlines, answer a few questions, and then leave the rest of it to Vice President [Mike] Pence and to the folks on his team.”
Adding that he does not “think it helps the president, in the long run, to be in hand-to-hand combat with any member of the situation,” Christie made it clear that he believes both sides bear responsibility for “hurting the situation here.”