Chris Christie, a former governor of New Jersey who is now running for the Republican presidential nomination, has been critical of former President Trump’s suggestion to split financing between Israel and Ukraine. He said it’s another example of Trump “coddling” Putin.
In an interview on CNN’s State of the Union, Christie said this indicates Donald Trump’s flawed worldview.
Christie added that Trump has coddled Putin since the moment he became president, and he continues to do so. Christie believes that Trump’s suggestion to divide the aid placates and helps Putin.
Christie noted that President Biden’s aid proposal includes funding for the Ukrainian and Israeli crises because of the ties between the two.
Because of the interconnected nature of these attacks, this aid is also interconnected. Christie believes that Russia, China, Iran, and North Korea are working together to sow chaos and violence around the globe.
He further emphasized the need to support both Israel and our partners in Ukraine. He said we should help both of these communities.
There is less support for President Biden’s plan of $105 billion in help from certain Republicans in the House of Representatives, who have been more skeptical of aid for Ukraine. However, the majority of Republicans continue to back the money requests from Israel.
The significance of keeping promises to safeguard Ukraine’s interests was a point of emphasis for Christie.
Christie claims they promised them protection in the event of a Russian assault in 1992. This commitment was made when they handed back Russia’s nuclear missiles. We must keep our word.
Trump was already impeached in 2019 for reportedly persuading Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to probe Joe Biden, his possible opponent in the 2020 election and the leading candidate for the Democratic nomination for president in 2024, by withholding aid.