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This Is What We Got From A Hillary Reset Button

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Newport Town Hall 7/28/2015 www.chrischristie.com Transcript: CHRIS CHRISTIE: Thank you, sir. This started with Hillary Clinton and the Reset button. Right? Hillary Clinton had that big smile on her face, hit that reset button with the Russians. What did we get? What we got was an emboldened, taunting Russian dictator in return for us hitting the reset button with Russia. So first off, you have to wonder about her. You have got to wonder about that judgment. I’m not going to be a guy who is going to sit across from Vladimir Putin when I’m president and pound the table and yell and scream. Doesn’t make any sense. Vladimir Putin is not a dumb man. He didn’t get to be the leader of Russia by being stupid. So I assume he will understand that when I sit across from him at the table and I look at him and I say, “Listen, we have to get back on the right track here. Don’t test me. Please. It is not going to be good for the Russian people. It is not going to be good for the American people. You care about your people? You care about their safety and security, their economic future? Let’s work together. But I have limits to my patience. And I understand that President Putin needs to do certain showing off, because, you know, oil is down at $40/$45 bucks a barrel and the economy isn’t what it should be over in Russia and he wants to stay in power. I understand all of that. But he needs to hear a candid conversation from a President of the United States who he knows means what he says and says what he means. And right now, the biggest problem is, he doesn’t believe Barack Obama. Forget about whether he is afraid of Barack Obama, or intimidated, that’s not the issue. I don’t want Vladimir Putin to be afraid of me. I don’t want Vladimir Putin to be intimidated by me. I just want him to believe me. That when I look him in the eye and I say, “Mr. President, no further. Stop now. I mean it.” I want him to look in my eye and say, “Ok. I know he means it.” He’ll make whatever decision he is going to make. But he’ll know I mean it. Right now, when Barack Obama says, “I’m going to draw a red line in Syria.” It doesn’t happen. When he says, “We’re going to deal with the situation in Libya.” And it doesn’t happen. “When he says we’re going to destroy and degrade ISIS,” and then he says, “Well honestly we don’t have a plan for ISIS.” By the way, we’re not the only people who read the newspapers. So does Vladimir Putin. He looks at this circus and says, “Come on. This is the moment. This is my moment to take advantage.” He is taking advantage of a weak American moment. Let by a weak American president. The same way, by the way, the Soviets took advantage in Afghanistan. When they had a weak American president in Jimmy Carter. The same way the Iranians took advantage in 1979 when we had a weak American president in Jimmy Carter. This guy is more like Jimmy Carter than I don’t know any of us wanted to believe. And we’re seeing different people on the world stage do exactly the same thing that their predecessors did 36 years ago. When did it change? When Ronald Reagan came into office and he looked across at these folks and said, “Not now.” Ronald Reagan didn’t start a war in this country. I remember. Reagan was my first vote. I turned 18 in the September of 1980 and I got to vote that November for Ronald Reagan. And you remember that campaign? He was the crazy cowboy movie actor who was going to put the world into nuclear war. “You can’t trust that crazy actor with his finger on the button.” I remember all the stuff they were saying, the media was saying about him at the time. He turned out to be a president who contributed more to peace than any President in my lifetime. And he did it through strength. He did it by letting the Soviets, at the time, know, “Tear down this wall. We’re for freedom. Trust but verify.” Very simple, direct things. If you ever want to read a great book, read the book that Ken Adelman put out recently on Reagan’s time ...