In a blitz of verbal barrage, Jeb Bush has openly taken the fight to Donald Trump in an interview on the CNN’s TV show State of the Union.
Bush said the Republican front-runner discusses on foreign policy is like a reality show.
Moreover, he said that he had little confidence in Trump’s ability to appropriately handle America’s nuclear weapons.
“I have grave doubts, to be honest with you,” Bush told CNN’s Jake Tapper.
“He’s not taking the responsibility, the possibility of being president of the United States really seriously. For him, it looks as though he’s an actor playing a role of the candidate for president. Not boning up on the issues, not having a broad sense of the responsibilities of what it is to be a president,” Bush said.
“Across the spectrum of foreign policy, Mr. Trump talks about things as though he’s still on The Apprentice,” he added.
Bush described Trump’s proposed Middle East plan given what’s happening in Syria as “some kind of board game and not a serious approach.”
Trump has indicated his hope of ISIS removing Syrian President Bashar Assad from power and then Russia taking on ISIS.
“This is just another example of the lack of seriousness. And this is a serious time. We’re under grave threats again, and I think we need a president with a steady hand,” Bush said.
Bush also called out Trump for ascribing 9/11 attack to his brother, George W. Bush under whose watch the attack took place.
“My 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. And there’s no denying that. The great majority of Americans believe that,” he posited.
“And I don’t know why he keeps bringing this up. It doesn’t show that he’s a serious person as it relates to being commander in chief and being the architect of a foreign policy,” Bush continued.
Bush declared that the defense of his brother is to dispel the attribution of blame when the truth is the 43rd president’s kept Americans safe.
“I mean, so next week, Mr. Trump is probably going to say that FDR was around when Japan attacked Pearl Harbor. It’s what you do after that matters. And that’s the sign of leadership,” he said.
“You don’t have to have your last name named Bush to be able to understand that.”
Bush argued that although Trump is leading in the polls his support will not last.
“I don’t think Trump is going to win the nomination. I think we’re going to have a nominee that will unite the party,” Bush said.
Davy Desmond, Readers Bureau, Fellow
Editing by Jesus Chan
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