Wednesday, 28 October, 2020

Christie Says He Was 'Wrong' Not to Wear Mask at WH Event

Chris Christie is seated and speaking into microphones during a news conference Mr Christie is one of several Trump allies to test positive for coronavirus in recent weeks
Deanna Wagner | 17 October, 2020, 11:31

Former New Jersey governor Chris Christie admitted in a frank statement Thursday that he was "wrong" not to wear a mask at a White House event last month where the novel coronavirus spread among several attendees.

Mr Christie attended a Rose Garden ceremony on September 26 at which Mr Trump formally announced Amy Coney Barrett as his nomination to the Supreme Court, filling Ruth Bader Ginsburg's seat.

Christie spent a week in Morristown Medical Center's intensive care unit.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert, called the former gathering at the White House a "superspreader event".

"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. Most people there didn't wear masks.

Reflecting on his own thought process before contracting the virus, Christie conceded Thursday that he had believed "when I entered the White House grounds, that I had entered a safe zone, due to the testing that and I and many others underwent every day". Wearing masks, washing my hands, social distancing.

"All of sudden I got fever and chills and body aches", Christie said.

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He was treated with a combination of blood thinners, the Ebola drug remdesivir, and an experimental antibody cocktail produced by Eli Lilly - for which a drug trial was recently paused over safety concerns, the Times reported. I think we should be even more affirmative about it, ' he said.

"It is something to take very seriously", Mr Christie said of the virus, which has killed more than 217,000 people in the United States to date.

Mr Trump expressed approval of masks at a televised town-hall event on Thursday, as he faced a grilling from the public before he takes on Democratic challenger Joe Biden in November's presidential election.

In July, Christie told The Washington Post that "You [Trump] him now saying everyone should be wearing a mask and I think you're going to see the president when he's out and exposed to people...wearing a mask much more frequently than you've seen him wear it in the past...setting a good example by wearing a mask would be the right thing to do".

"We've spoken a number of times, he called me a number of times both when I was in the hospital and since I've returned home".

"I believe that these two steps can bring our country together while our pharmaceutical companies invent the therapeutics and vaccines which will rid us of this virus", he added. "I stayed healthy. I didn't do it for four days and I wound up in the ICU". And I've said this all along, that this is what we need to be doing.