Christie: Trump doesn’t give nicknames to people he respects

Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) on Tuesday said President TrumpDonald John TrumpFeinstein, Iranian foreign minister had dinner amid tensions: report The Hill's Morning Report - Trump says no legislation until Dems end probes Harris readies a Phase 2 as she seeks to rejuvenate campaign MORE does not give nicknames to people he respects because “he’s afraid what’s going to come back.”

Christie spoke at the Manhattan home of hedge fund billionaire Steven Cohen on Tuesday to a crowd that included Trump’s former economic adviser Gary CohnGary David CohnTrump officials slow-walk president's order to cut off Central American aid: report John Kelly had to break up argument between US trade officials: report The Hill's Morning Report — Dem ire at Barr intensifies MORE and New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman, Axios reported.

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He told the group to keep an eye out on which Democrat candidates get nicknames in 2020.

"If he respects you, you don’t get a nickname, because he’s afraid what's going to come back,” Christie said of Trump.

The former New Jersey governor said an example of this is Trump’s relationship with Congress’s top Democrats, Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerNo agreement on budget caps in sight ahead of Memorial Day recess Ex-White House photographer roasts Trump: 'This is what a cover up looked like' under Obama Pelosi: Trump 'is engaged in a cover-up' MORE (N.Y.) and House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump says no legislation until Dems end probes Threat of impeachment takes oxygen out of 2019 agenda Trump denies 'tantrum' in meeting with Pelosi: 'It is all such a lie!' MORE (Calif.).

“So Cryin’ Chuck SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerNo agreement on budget caps in sight ahead of Memorial Day recess Ex-White House photographer roasts Trump: 'This is what a cover up looked like' under Obama Pelosi: Trump 'is engaged in a cover-up' MORE gets a nickname, because [Trump] has no respect for Schumer,” Christie said.

“But Nancy Pelosi’s got no nickname. It’s just Nancy. And if she doesn’t have a nickname by now, she ain’t getting any,” he added.

Trump has been using nicknames and insults to taunt his political opponents since the 2016 Republican presidential primary, tagging former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) as “low energy” and Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioAnother VPOTUS tries for POTUS: What does history tell us? Tensions swirl around Iran as administration to brief Congress Tensions swirl around Iran as administration to brief Congress MORE (R-Fla.) as “Little Marco.”

The president still uses the moniker “Crooked Hillary” to attack his former Democratic opponent, Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonHarris readies a Phase 2 as she seeks to rejuvenate campaign Nevada Senate passes bill that would give Electoral College votes to winner of national popular vote 2020 Dems break political taboos by endorsing litmus tests MORE.

Trump frequently goes after Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump says no legislation until Dems end probes Harris readies a Phase 2 as she seeks to rejuvenate campaign 2020 Dems put spotlight on disabilities issues MORE (Mass.), who is running for president in 2020, over her past claims of Native American heritage, calling her “Pocahontas." 

Christie, a close ally of the president, was an early supporter of Trump after ending his own 2016 campaign. He was fired after Election Day as the chief of Trump’s transition team.

The New Jersey Republican has been promoting his new book “Let Me Finish: Trump, the Kushners, Bannon, New Jersey, and the Power of In-Your-Face Politics.”

He criticizes several of Trump's ex-Cabinet secretaries and advisers in the book, calling them “amateurs,” “weaklings” and “unconnected felons.”