Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) expresses scathing contempt for President Trump’s White House hires in his upcoming book “Let Me Finish,” according to an Axios excerpt released Monday.
As in a previously released excerpt targeting Jared Kushner, Christie characterized Trump’s administration picks as unprepared, unprofessional, and unworthy of their titles. “Riffraff,” as Christie put it.
Former national security adviser Michael Flynn is described as a “Russian lackey and future federal felon.” Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt, who resigned last summer amid a swirl of ethics scandals, is called “greedy and inexperienced.” Former White House adviser Omarosa Manigault, who drew headlines for holding a photo shoot for her wedding on White House grounds, is dismissed as an “Apprentice show loser” doing “whatever Omarosa’s job purported to be.”
Christie’s book chronicles his time in politics, including his decision to jump on board the Trump train shortly after ending his own presidential campaign in 2016. The former governor was chosen to run Trump’s transition team after the GOP nominee’s surprise victory, but, as he recalls in the book, he was quickly fired from the job, with other staffers tossing his work “in a Trump Tower dumpster.”
Christie writes that he could have saved Trump “heartache,” chaos, and public humiliation had he followed the “detailed road map” that Christie laid out for the administration.