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Republican presidential candidate and former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie said during an interview over the weekend that he would have pushed back on Tucker Carlson last week on the topic of the war in Ukraine had he attended an event Carlson hosted in Iowa.
Carlson asked six Republican presidential candidates about the war in Ukraine. Christie, former President Donald Trump, and North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum did not attend the event.
On ABC News’ “This Week” on Sunday, host George Stephanopoulos asked Christie about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and how he would have responded to Carlson’s question.
“I would have said, ‘You’ve always been wrong about this, Tucker, and you’re still wrong,'” Christie told Stephanopoulos. “That, in fact, what’s going on, George, is that this is a proxy war with China. The Chinese are funding the Russian war by buying Russian oil. They’re coordinating with the Iranians to provide lethal weapons to the Russian army.”
“And we can decide when to have this conflict,” he continued. “Right now the Ukrainians are willing to fight this fight for themselves if they have our support to be able to win it. If the Chinese watch us back away from Ukraine, as Tucker Carlson and others would advocate, believe me, the next move will be Taiwan.”
Christie added that he believes, based on polling and what he has seen when talking to voters, that “a majority of Republicans want us to be supporting Ukraine because those folks are fighting for their own freedom, their own liberty, and they’re degrading the Russian army and sending a message to the Chinese.”