Chris Christie Defends Trump Attacking Pelosi From Normandy, Blames Sarah Sanders For D-Day Interview: 'They Ill-Served Him'

Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie defended President Donald Trump's attack last week on Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi during an interview from Normandy on the anniversary of D-Day. The blame, said Christie, should have been put on White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and her staff.

During a Sunday morning segment on ABC's This Week, host George Stephanopoulos and a panel discussed Trump's move to attack Pelosi while being interviewed by Fox News' Laura Ingraham at the American cemetery in Normandy, France on Thursday.

"I think she's a disgrace. I actually don't think she's a talented person. I've tried to be nice to her because I would have liked to have gotten some deals done," Trump said of Pelosi on Thursday in front of the cemetery for fallen World War II soldiers. "She's incapable of doing deals. She's a terrible person and I'll tell you, her name, it's 'Nervous Nancy' because she's a nervous wreck."

Prior to the panel discussion, Stephanolopoulos noted that the president's attacks came shortly after Pelosi reportedly said in private that she wanted to see Trump in prison, rather than being impeached.

"It's not the same as stating in front of graves of American troops at Normandy and blasting somebody...," former Obama official Patrick Gaspard said.

"She earned that one, Patrick, she earned it. OK," Christie interrupted. "If you're going to say you want to see the president of the United States in prison then she earned, then she earned a shot against her."

"I know you were at a convention where the 'lock her up' chant was a common refrain," Gaspard said. "But, you know, I think there's quite a bit of difference between taking a shot from the president — Donald Trump can attack Nancy Pelosi all he wants — and doing that at that sacred site."

The panel then agreed that Pelosi said the comments about Trump to "buy herself sometime" amid mounting pressure from the Democratic Party to start impeachment proceedings against the president.

"When you say you think the president of the United States belongs in prison, you want to see him in prison, you gotta expect a reaction for that and that's what she wanted," Christie said. "Because she is succumbing to her own political pressure. It's an explanation but it's not an excuse."

Christie went on to blame the president's press staff for the Normandy interview.

"I also think, George, that the president's press staff served him poorly in two instances in Europe. Putting him in front of Piers Morgan and putting him in that interview at that site with Laura Ingraham," the former governor explained. "That does not serve the president well. When you give that long period of time to do those kinds of things, and they're going to ask those kinds of questions and follow up. That's what — you know this, I know this, anybody knows who has been in political campaigns, and political situations."

"The staff's job is not to put the principle in a situation where you put him at greater risk of harm than greater risk of benefit," Christie added. "And I'd argue that when Sarah Sanders, whoever made those decisions, to put him in those positions, put him there, they ill-served him."

Republican Congressman Peter King criticized Trump's decision to attack Pelosi in Normandy during an interview with radio host John Catsimatidis of AM 970's The Answer in New York on Sunday. Although King took a similar stance to Christie by arguing that Pelosi attacked Trump first, he noted that he "wouldn't have been attacking Nancy Pelosi from Normandy."

"He should've let it be until he got home. He should be above that," King added.

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Former Governor of New Jersey Chris Christie defended Donald Trump attacking Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi from Normandy on the anniversary of D-Day earlier this week, and instead blamed White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders for the president's interview. This Week/ABC/Screenshot