Donald Trump's call to make Mexico pay for a wall along the southern border of the United States "makes no sense," fellow GOP candidate Chris Christie said Monday, even though he does agree that walls and fencing should be added, albeit not along the whole border line.
"The United States will pay for it," the New Jersey governor told CNN's "New Day" program
on Monday of his own idea for a partial barricade. But Trump's plan to built a multibillion dollar wall and force Mexico to pay for it won't happen, he told show host Chris Cuomo.
"I have met the president [of Mexico]," Christie said. "If we present him with a bill, he is not going to pay for it."
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Further, building such a wall is a matter of international diplomacy, said Christie, and his idea would involve a wall or fencing near more urban areas, where illegal immigration is more difficult to control.
Christie also believes that ATF agents should be embedded to deal with Mexico's criminal element, and more drones and electronic surveillance are needed to show where people are coming in.
The major part of immigration reform, though, said the governor, has to be a further push for an e-verify program for workers whose companies are hiring illegally on this side of the border.
"These folks are coming here to work," said Christie. "They are not coming to vote; they are coming to work. If they know they can't get jobs, they are not going to come here."
Christie wants businesses to make as much money as they can, so they can create more jobs, but he believes e-verify is the most important thing to enforce when it comes to immigration.
But businesses can't prosper "by exploiting cheaper labor, especially when it threatens the national security," said Christie, telling Cuomo he believes this problem to be the biggest issue when it comes to illegal immigration.
"We have people employing folks illegally, and the reason is to make a bigger profit," he said. "I would make the fine so large that any profit is not only wiped out, but then some. People are going to continue to keep coming, if they believe they are going to be employed. They are going to continue to come and find ways to come and it will be more difficult to stop it."
Christie also took on another question that created controversy for Trump in the first GOP debate: equal pay for women, and said he absolutely believes in equal pay for equal work, as well as hiring women for key jobs.
"My chief of staff is a woman," said Christie. "They get paid no differently than the men on my staff. What I care about is talent; what I care about is talent and commitment. They are the kind of people I have on my staff."
But when it comes to Trump, Christie said that his words should matter as well as what he does.
"When you are a leader, what you say from the pulpit, if you are a governor, a business leader, a member of Congress, and especially when you are president of the United States, you can't excuse awful comments as part of being 'well, I do things differently,'" said Christie. "When you are a leader, what you say matters."
But he said that he has learned in this campaign that Americans are angry, and they are funneling that anger through Trump's campaign.
"The challenge to me is, who do you want to change it with?" said Christie. "Someone that knows how to operate a government or someone that does not? "
Also on Monday, Christie addressed the growing scandal about Hillary Clinton's emails, saying that she hasn't been answering questions about having a private server.
"She did everything on that account and then, what most people are concerned about it, she gets the server cleaned," said Christie. "Why not answer that question instead of talking all the time about oh, the politics and the Republicans. It's not about politics."
He compared her scandal with his own "Bridgegate" scandal, and said that had he deleted 30,000 emails while asking people to trust him, he would have been lambasted.
"She wants to talk about being held to a different standard?" said Christie. "She wants to be transparent? That's the first problem. Secondly, she's not speaking to the concerns the American people have because she won't speak to her national security record and a failed national security record."
Further, he said everyone has his or her own private email in government, but they use that solely for personal issues, not for government matters, like Clinton did, because "she wanted all communication within her control while she was the highest ranking cabinet member."
Meanwhile, he told Fox News' "Fox & Friends" program
that Clinton's arrogance about her email problems is "breathtaking."
He said that he when worked as a prosecutor he was a federal employee, and he was informed when he first took office that official email was to be done on official servers.
"She refuses to even acknowledge it. She refused to answer questions," he told the program. "There's no question in my mind as a former U.S. Attorney, if there is classified information on there, she's in trouble."
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