Christie says he was wrong not to wear mask in White House

  • Christie says he was wrong not to wear mask in White House

Christie says he was wrong not to wear mask in White House

Christie, who is a Trump ally, on Friday said it now wasn't enough for the President to express approval of masks, saying "we should be even more affirmative about it". "It is something to take very seriously".

Christie was also among those to help President Donald Trump with his debate preparation in a series of sessions at the White House where no one wore masks.

US President Donald Trump at an NBC News Town Hall at Perez Art Museum in Miami on October 15.

Christie, who was at the White House for the announcement of Judge Amy Coney Barrett as the president's nominee to the Supreme Court and to a participate in several rounds of Trump's debate prep, seemingly chided the president's attitude toward the disease.

Christie was hospitalized with the virus at Morristown Medical Center in New Jersey from October 3 until October 10.

I was led to believe that all the people I was interacting with at the White House had been tested and it gave you a false sense of security, ' Christie said. Trump tested positive soon after returning to the White House, with several other White House staffers contracting it as well.

"I hope that my experience shows my fellow citizens that you should follow CDC guidelines in public no matter where you are and wear a mask to protect yourself and others", he wrote in the statement. The president said he felt "really good" just days after being hospitalized at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. "We need to be telling people that there is no downside to you wearing masks, and in fact there can be a great deal of upside", Christie added.

His tone is noticeably different to the one taken by Trump since he was released from hospital earlier this month.

"The ramifications are wildly random and potentially deadly", Christie said in a statement.

"I let my guard down for a couple of days inside the White House grounds and it cost me in a significant way", said Christie, who was seen without a mask at the event.

Still, the former governor said he believes discussions of the pandemic have been hampered by extreme approaches on both sides of the political aisle.

"Every public official, regardless of party or position, should advocate for every American to wear a mask in public, appropriately socially distance and to wash your hands frequently every day". "At the same time, we should be reopening in every corner of this nation under these guidelines".