In her first interview since her one-week stay in an intensive care unit of a hospital, Christie said she was in recovery but “not yet 100%.” He said COVID-19, which killed more than 217,000 Americans, “boarded a freight train.”
“I suddenly had a fever, chills, and body aches, and I was enveloped in pain and fatigue,” Christie said.
Christie spent four days with Trump in the White House grounds preparing for his first debate against former Vice President Joe Biden. She also attended the “supersebarer”; event following Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination to the Supreme Court.
“It was a mistake,” he said. “I was led to believe that all the people I contact in the White House have been tested, and it has given you a false sense of security.”
Christie told George Stephanopolous on “GMA” that he had been vigilant about wearing masks, socializing away, and washing hands for seven months before his examination, but he neglected vigilance.
“I neglected my guard and it was wrong it was just a big mistake,” he said. “I did it right for seven months. I let my guard down for a few days inside the White House ground and it cost me in a significant way. I was wrong.”
Christie did not condemn the president, who has been an unequal advocate for wearing the mask, holding large rallies of thousands of people where many of his supporters do not follow public health guidelines to cover their faces.
But the former governor said he thinks all public officials should be more proactive in driving masks.
“There is no failure in your wearing of masks, in fact, there is an opposite,” he said. “We don’t know everything we need to know about this disease, but we do know that masks will definitely help.”
At a city hall in Miami on Thursday night, Trump said of Christie’s statement, “He has to say that.” The president insisted, he supported the masks and called Christie “my friend.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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