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Trump, Christie Trade Barbs Over 'Fat Pig' Remark

In a recent interview, former President Donald Trump said that his response to former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's "fat pig" remark was "extremely respectful." Christie, however, disagreed, saying that Trump was "a coward" for not saying it to his face.

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President Donald Trump and then–New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, in happier times (DREW ANGERER/GETTY IMAGES)

The two men have been feuding for years, and this latest incident is just the latest chapter in their long-running saga.

The feud began in 2016, when Trump mocked Christie's weight during the Republican presidential primary. Christie responded by calling Trump a "bully" and a "liar."

The feud continued after Trump won the election. Christie served as Trump's transition chairman, but he resigned after a few months. He has since been a vocal critic of Trump.

In an interview with the New York Post on August 8, 2023, Trump was asked about Christie's "fat pig" remark. Trump said that he responded to the remark by saying that Christie was "a great guy" and that he had "a lot of respect" for him.

"I thought it was extremely respectful," Trump said. "I said, 'Chris, you're a great guy. I have a lot of respect for you.'"

Christie responded to Trump's comments in a tweet on August 9. He said that Trump was "lying" about his response to the "fat pig" remark.

"If you had the guts you would show up to the debate and say it to my face," Christie wrote.

It is unclear whether Trump and Christie will ever have the opportunity to debate each other again. However, it is clear that the two men still have a lot of animosity towards each other.

The feud between Trump and Christie is a reminder of the political divisions that exist in the United States. It is also a reminder of the power of words. A single remark can have a lasting impact on a person's reputation and career.

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