- Bush defends brother's record, says Trump lacks seriousness
- Bush says Trump will probably blame FDR next for Pearl Harbor
Billionaire Donald Trump further questioned former President George W. Bush’s effort to keep the U.S. safe from terror attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, and suggested a Trump administration might have averted it by keeping the hijackers from entering the U.S.
“I am extremely, extremely tough on illegal immigration,” the front-runner for the Republican Party’s 2016 nomination said during an interview on “Fox News Sunday.” “I doubt that those people would’ve been in the country” under a President Trump, he said.
Trump was doubling down on comments he made to Bloomberg Television which aired Friday that he said were in response to claims by fellow Republican contender Jeb Bush, the former Florida governor, that the U.S. was safe under his brother’s administration.
“I’m not blaming George Bush but I don’t want Jeb Bush to say ‘My brother kept us safe,’ because Sept. 11 was one of the worst days in the history of this country,” Trump said on Fox.
Jeb Bush, trailing Trump in the polls for the party’s nomination, defended his brother on Sunday and said that Trump was exposing his “lack of seriousness” on foreign policy. “It just calls into question Mr Trump’s credibility as a commander in chief,” Bush said.
“Next week Mr Trump is probably going to say that FDR was around when Japan attacked Pearl Harbor,” Bush told CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday, referring to President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. “Does anybody actually blame my brother for the attacks on 9/11? If they do they’re totally marginalized in our society. It’s what he did afterwards that matters and I’m proud of him.”
Trump told Bloomberg Television that “when you talk about George Bush, I mean -- say what you want -- the World Trade Center came down during his time.”
Bush on Sunday said that his brother ”responded to a crisis and he did it as you would hope a president would do. He united the country, he organized our country, and he kept us safe.”