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A conservative icon has slammed Donald Trump’s presidency, saying the president’s policies have been “shocking” and “destabilising”.

The statement came after the President announced that he would seek a three-month recess to “restore order” in Washington, and to address lingering issues of the “war on Christmas”.

Mr Trump has faced criticism for not being able to address his Muslim ban in time for Christmas, as well as his plans to move the US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.

Speaking to Fox News on Sunday, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, a former New Jersey Republican governor, said Mr Trump’s “political survival and that of his family depends on his ability to get through this period of uncertainty and repair the damage”.

“The President has shown himself to be a flawed leader,” Mr Christie said.

“We all know that.

We all have our doubts about him and we all need to have them.”

He added: “If you can’t handle that, then you’re not a leader.”

Mr Trump was criticised by Republicans on both sides of the aisle for his refusal to address the Muslim ban and his insistence on repealing the Affordable Care Act.

He has faced backlash from Democrats as well.

A group of lawmakers, including the chairwoman of the House of Representatives’ Democratic minority, have said the President’s agenda should be put on hold.

Mr Christie, who was not named in the statement, said the Republican president “must be prepared to put his leadership in jeopardy if his agenda is to be successfully implemented”.

The Republican governor also criticised the President for being unable to “implement a national security strategy” after the attacks in Paris, which left 130 people dead.

“It is a serious challenge for him to put together a national strategy to defeat ISIL, and we are all watching to see if he can,” Mr Trump said.

Mr Trump also said that if he is elected, he will immediately “immediately and totally dismantle the Affordable Health Care Act and replace it with something even worse”.

The President also said he would “be appointing Supreme Court justices that are pro-life” and would “send a message to our neighbours and friends, to our enemies, that we will never accept any attack on our values”.