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In a wide-ranging interview published on Monday, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie revealed that he and President Donald Trump yell at each other.
“He gets mad at me at times, he yells at me at times, but he respects me,” Christie said of his former opponent in the 2016 presidential race. According to GQ, Christie used to yell back much more often but started scaling that down after Trump became president.
As one of Christie's advisers pointed out, the two politicians see themselves as “equals” despite their apparent arguments and Christie's history with Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner. Kushner's father went to prison at Christie's hands when he was a federal prosecutor.
Christie, who supported Trump during his 2016 presidential campaign, continued serving his former opponent after he entered the White House. Christie reportedly turned down other administration positions but took Trump's offer to head a commission on the opioid crisis.
“This opioid issue, to me, is the single most important issue that I have left to deal with,” Christie told GQ.
Christie, though, didn't hold back from criticizing his boss. While reflecting on Trump's comments following the violent protests in Charlottesville, Virginia, this year, Christie said Trump “blew it.”
“He just blew it,” Christie said. Trump received a torrent of public backlash after he indicated that both sides were to blame for the events in Charlottesville.
Contrary to Trump's critics, however, Christie said he didn't think the president was a racist. “I know he's not a racist,” Christie said.