GOP front-runner Donald Trump has accused Jeb Bush’s brother and former President George W. Bush, for the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.
During a CBS Republican presidential debate in South Carolina on Saturday, the Donald accused the former president of not keeping America secure.
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“The World Trade Center came down during your brother’s reign. Remember that,” Trump said to the former Florida governor.
Trump went back to the line of attack moments later, after Marco Rubio also defended George W. Bush’s record, saying he was grateful it was not Al Gore in the White House on 9/11.
“The World Trade Center came down during the reign of George Bush. He kept us safe? That is not safe. That is not safe, Marco. That is not safe,” he continued. “The world Trade Center came down because Bill Clinton [didn’t] kill Osama bin Laden when he had the chance to kill him. And George Bush– by the way, George Bush had the chance, also, and he didn’t listen to the advice of his C.I.A.”
“How did he keep us safe when the World Trade Center…excuse me, I lost hundreds of friends!” Trump said as the crowd booed loudly.
Jeb Bush, who is slated to campaign with his brother on Monday in South Carolina, shot back earlier in the conversation that he was “sick and tired of [Trump] going after my family.”
“While Donald Trump was building a reality TV show, my brother was building a security apparatus to keep us safe,” he said. “I’m proud of what he did.”
Trump interrupted with the 9-11-related attack, and the room booed.
The entire exchange began when Trump was asked about a comment he made several years ago to then-Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, in which Trump indicated support for impeaching George W. Bush over the war in Iraq. Asked on Saturday whether he still supported impeachment, Trump didn’t directly answer, instead railing against the “lies” that in his view led up to the war in Iraq.
“You call it whatever you want,” Trump said. “They lied.”
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