The governor was chairman of the transition until he was unceremoniously fired simply just days following the election and replaced with Vice President Mike Pence. | AP Photo Christie: Warning about Flynn among factors I was fired from Trump transition
NJ Gov. Chris Christie stated Wednesday he was ousted as brain of President Donald Trump’s transition due partly to his opposition to the hiring of Michael Flynn as nationwide security adviser.
“I thought it was a significant purpose,” Christie stated at an unrelated press conference at his office in Trenton.
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The governor, one of the first establishment Republicans to again Trump through the primary and still one of the president’s most loyal supporters, was chairman of the transition until he was unceremoniously fired simply just days following the election and replaced with Vice President Mike Pence.
Christie said it was clear those that took more than botched the transition, pointing to Flynn’s guilty plea the other day to fees of lying to the FBI. Christie has prolonged said he had concerns about the retired three-superstar Army general, though he had never said accurately why.
“Suffice to say, I just had serious misgivings, that i think have already been confirmed by the actual fact that he pled guilty to a good felony in federal court,” Christie said.
POLITICO reported last month that Christie and the transition personnel had worried that Flynn, who was simply fired from the National government, suffered from poor judgment and espoused far-out strategies on foreign policy.
Their short list for national security adviser had included big-name military leaders such as for example now-Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis; Gen. Peter Tempo, a previous chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Personnel under previous president George W. Bush; and Adm. William McRaven, who oversaw the Osama bin Laden raid, options said.
When Christie was fired in Nov. 11, Flynn and former White Residence chief strategist Steve Bannon tossed binders packed with potential personnel picks in to the trash to celebrate the departure. The governor built mention of the binders on Wednesday when asked what he would have done in different ways if he stayed on as transition chairman.
“It’s in about four volumes of literature which were apparently thrown out your day I was first terminated,” Christie said. “Pay attention, I think what folks who were involved in that transition have now painfully discovered at the expense of the country is that experience matters.”
Christie said Trump’s marketing campaign was built on as an outsider, and that that’s Fine. But he stated, “You cannot manage a transition as an outsider.”
“You need to be in a position to understand what has to be done,” he said, noting that he doesn’t think the vice president is to blame. “I believe it’s fair to state, given the few people who have been confirmed in significant positions across the government plus some of the people who have been there that didn’t belong there to begin with – like General Flynn – that the theory you could take half a year of function … and toss all that out actually is a major mistake.”
It was eventually Trump himself who made a decision to ignore Christie’s recommendation against hiring Flynn, two past transition officials had said found in last month’s report.
“Flynn’s appointment was the president-elect’s decision, and he achieved it on his own timing after a lot of time spent collectively through the campaign,” one former White Residence official told POLITICO last month.