Fox News host Tucker Carlson fired back at former New Jersey governor Chris Christie on Monday after Christie criticized Carlson’s views on the war in Ukraine.
“Sounds like this could use a longer conversation,” Carlson wrote on Twitter Sunday afternoon. “We just asked @GovChristie to sit down and explain his views on Ukraine. He refused.”
“You hate to think that Chris Christie is a blustery coward who plays the tough guy with sycophants at ABC but won’t answer real questions, but who knows?” he continued. “We hope he reconsiders.”
“I would have said, ‘You’ve always been wrong about this, Tucker, and you’re still wrong,’” Christie said. “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.”
The exchange between Carlson and Christie is the latest in a series of clashes between the two men. In the past, Carlson has criticized Christie for his handling of Hurricane Sandy and his role in the Bridgegate scandal.
Christie has responded by calling Carlson a “bully” and a “liar.”
Sounds like this could use a longer conversation. We just asked @GovChristie to sit down and explain his views on Ukraine. He refused. You hate to think that Chris Christie is a blustery coward who plays the tough guy with sycophants at ABC but won’t answer real questions, but… pic.twitter.com/6khc5xi3Co
— Tucker Carlson (@TuckerCarlson) July 16, 2023