Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, newly recovered from the coronavirus, urged President Donald Trump on Friday to encourage the wearing of face masks among Americans.
In his first TV interview since contracting Covid-19 earlier this month, Christie — a close ally of the White House who served as the president’s debate coach last month — said it was not enough for Trump to merely express approval of masks, as he did at a town hall event the previous evening.
“You know, I heard the president say last night that he has no problem with masks. I think we should be even more affirmative about it. That’s why I put out the statement I did,” Christie told host George Stephanopoulos on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”
Former NJ Gov. Chris Christie to @GMA after his stint in the hospital with COVID: “We need to be telling people that there is no downside to you wearing masks, and in fact, there can be a great deal of upside.” pic.twitter.com/QMpbPDu2xN
— The Recount (@therecount) October 16, 2020
.@ABC NEWS EXCLUSIVE: @GovChristie talks to our @GStephanopoulos for the first time since he tested positive for coronavirus. “I let my guard down for a couple of days inside the White House grounds and it cost me in a significant way.” https://t.co/aYZI2LnNcV pic.twitter.com/h12I8IpPjj
— Good Morning America (@GMA) October 16, 2020
“Leaders all across politics, sports, the media, should be saying to people, ‘Put your masks on,'” former NJ Governor Chris Christie (@GovChristie) says live on @GMA after his treatment for COVID-19 in the ICU. @KATUNews pic.twitter.com/dfnQtBNt8i
— Evan Schreiber (@SchreiberEvan) October 16, 2020