Chris Christie spoke about Donald Trump‘s Q&A blunder on NBC’s Today, where he went after The Donald for declining the opportunity to correct a questioner who was saying that President Obama was a Muslim who was “not even an American.”
Christie said that as an aspiring leader, Trump has an “obligation” to set things straight and offer corrections whenever fielding such questions.
“I would correct them and I would say, ‘The President’s a Christian and he was born in this country.’ Those two things are self-evident,” Christie said. “Donald Trump’s got to decide, as we’ve seen, I’ve said this all along. He’s got to decide how serious a candidate he wants to be, and how he handles different problems like this are going to determine that.”
Christie said he wasn’t trying to “lecture” Trump on what he should do, but gave his thoughts on how he would have handled the situation:
I wouldn’t have permitted that. If someone brought that up at a town hall meeting of mine, I would’ve said, ‘No, listen. Before we answer, let’s clear some things up for the rest of the audience.
While taking the man’s question about Islamic “training camps,” Trump indirectly responded, “a lot of people are saying that and a lot of people are saying that bad things are happening out there. We’re going to be looking at that and a lot of different things.”
You can watch the interview here:
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