Chris Christie has become a fierce critic of Donald Trump. © Christy Prosser/Imago
More and more Republicans are challenging Donald Trump. His former confidant Chris Christie also wants to go to the White House.
Washington, D.C. – Another Republican has entered the race for the White House in the United States. Chris Christie made his bid for the Republican presidential nomination public on Tuesday (6 June). "I want your support," the former governor of the US state of New Jersey told an audience in Manchester, New Hampshire.
Christie immediately went on the offensive. Above all, Christie did not leave a good hair on Donald Trump in his speech. Trump was a "bitter, angry man" whose term in office was a complete failure. "Donald Trump has made us smaller by dividing us even further and pitting one group against another every day." Trump is obsessed with mirrors, never admits a mistake, always blames someone else for mishaps and always wants to reap the laurels for everything that goes well, Christie said.
Chris Christie accuses Donald Trump
The former confidant of the former president also did not shy away from accusing Trump and his family of enriching themselves during the presidency. "How much money this family has swindled is staggering," Christie said. Specifically, he referred to Trumps' business dealings with Saudi Arabia. The Saudi crown prince is said to have supported Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner and daughter Ivanka Trump with an investment of two billion euros. This is stolen money, Christie said, adding. "That's what makes us a banana republic."
Christie also criticized that there are other Republicans in the battle for the White House who "say we shouldn't care about what's happening in Ukraine." These politicians said that the people of the United States should not care "that Russia wants to bring a free and freedom-loving country back under its thumb," complained Christie, who went into detail about the history of the United States in his speech.
U.S. election 2024
The presidential election is scheduled for November 5, 2024. The Republican primaries will begin at the beginning of next year, starting traditionally in the state of Iowa in the Midwest. The winner of the Republican primaries will challenge incumbent Joe Biden of the Democrats, who is running for a second term.
Donald Trump had already declared in November that he wanted to run again in the 2024 US election. In the meantime, the field of Republican candidates has grown significantly. In addition to former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, several others have announced their candidacy in recent weeks. Trump's former Vice President Mike Pence has also submitted the necessary documents. In internal party polls, Trump is ahead so far.
Christie has emerged as a Trump critic
In recent years, Christie has increasingly appeared as a Trump critic. Just recently, he described the former president as a "coward" and "puppet" of Russian President Vladimir Putin because of his stance on the Ukraine war. Of the Trump challengers, the 60-year-old has so far shown himself to be the most aggressive. Trump himself commented on Christie's speech on Truth Social as "boring" - it was difficult to bear.
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Chris Christie had already applied for the Republican nomination in the 2016 primaries, but withdrew after poor results in the primaries and then became the first prominent supporter from the party establishment to stand behind the eventual primary winner Trump. Christie was considered as a possible attorney general, but ultimately did not get a post in the Trump administration. (cs/dpa/afp)