Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie told Newsmax TV he feared retired Gen. Michael Flynn would get President Donald Trump in trouble if he was hired as national security adviser, a role in which he served for just 24 days before being fired and wrapped up in the Russia investigation.
Christie, the co-author of "Let Me Finish: Trump, the Kushners, Bannon, New Jersey, and the Power of In-Your-Face Politics," was on Wednesday's "Newsmax Now" and said there were several things about Flynn he didn't like while the two worked together on Trump's campaign and transition teams.
"Michael Flynn and I just simply disagreed on his suitability for a senior-level position in the administration. And I felt that way for the first time when I went on a confidential, secure briefing with the president and Gen. Flynn to get an intelligence briefing," Christie said.
"Gen. Flynn was out of control in that meeting. He was interrupting, he was demeaning to the briefers, he was simply someone trying to show off for Donald Trump about how tough and how smart he was. That stuff continued."
Christie said he urged Trump the day after the 2016 presidential election not to hire Flynn as his national security adviser.
The two-term governor said Trump told him, "You just don't like him," to which Christie replied, "You're right. I don't like him because he's gonna get you in trouble."
"I turned out to be right," Christie told Newsmax TV.
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Flynn departed the Trump administration on Feb. 13, 2017 after lying about his contacts with Russians during the transition. He was later caught up in special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia probe for allegedly lying to the FBI.
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