Chris Christie Says Trump Like ’72-year Old Relative’ Convinced He’s Right: You Can’t ‘Manage the President’


On This Week on ABC on Sunday, filling in as host, Jon Karl engaged his panel of guests on the topic of changes in Donald Trump‘s staff and the week the President has had. Former Gov. Chris Christie had maybe the most amusing and most apt response when he compared Trump to a 72-year-old relative you can’t convince of anything.

Christie was following on remarks from National Review editor Rich Lowry, who was himself citing remarks by Christie when he said that ‘every other week” the story in the press is that the “wheels are coming off” (something addressed by Brian Stelter on CNN as well on Sunday), and yet the wheels are never ‘quite coming off’.

Karl asked Christie specifically about how Mick Mulvaney will do as acting chief of staff.

“That’s going to be up to him,” said Christie. “I was encouraged by hearing him say he wasn’t going to try to manage the president. I think that one of the mistakes — I think a very well-intentioned mistake that general Kelly made is that he tried to manage the president. I don’t think you can do that.”

Christie said the best move is to ask the president specifically what he wants one to manage, and then if he impedes them doing those things, to say it wasn’t the “deal” made.

“I think Mick is right that he shouldn’t try manage the president, because I think that’s just not a job that’s going to happen,” said Christie.

Then he drew a big reaction with his next comments.

“I wonder — I want to ask everybody who is out in the audience today if they have a 72-year-old relative, whose–” he began.

Karl interjected “like Donald Trump?”

Amid laughing and reactions from the other panelists, Christie continued the sentence about a 72-year-old relative “whose behavior they are attempting to change.”

“When people get older — Let’s get ready. Because it’s happening to me now. — When people get older, they become more and more convinced of the fact that what they’re doing is the right thing, and it becomes harder to convince them otherwise.”

“Especially if they’re president of the United States,” said Lowry.

“Add to it president of the United States, and a lot of wealth and a lot of fame, it becomes even harder,” Christie said. “Manage the things you can manage, and if Mick does that I think he’ll be successful, if he doesn’t, it’ll be hard.”

Watch the clip above, courtesy of ABC News.

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