CNN State of the Union anchor Jake Tapper interviewed Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush on Sunday morning. Among the interview’s primary talking points were, unsurprisingly, fellow candidate Donald Trump‘s comments that Jeb’s brother, former President George W. Bush was at fault for 9/11 since the World Trade Center “came down during his reign.” Jeb previously responded to the accusations, calling them “pathetic,” but Tapper pressed the former Florida governor for more.
“What are you objecting to about Mr. Trump’s remarks about 9/11 and your brother?” asked Tapper.
“My brother responded to a crisis and he did it as you would hope a president would do,” said Bush. “He organized our country and kept us safe. There’s no denying that. The great majority of Americans believe that. I don’t know why that he keeps bringing this up.”
Bush immediately went on the counterattack, accusing Trump of not taking the possibility of his becoming president as serious as he should be.
“It doesn’t show that he’s a serious person as it related to being commander and chief and being the architect of a foreign policy. Across the spectrum of foreign policy, Mr. Trump talks about things as though he’s still on The Apprentice,” he said. “As though it was some kind of board game and not a serious approach.”
Throughout the exchange, Bush repeated the argument (and Tapper agreed) that Al-Qaeda was responsible for 9/11, not his brother George. Yet when Tapper questioned why a similar argument wasn’t being used to defend Hillary Clinton against the ongoing Benghazi probe, Bush questioned whether or not the State Department had adequately secured an American diplomatic compound in Libya in 2012.
“You don’t want to have your brother to bear responsibility for 9/11,” said Tapper, “but why are the terrorists not the ones who are responsible for these attacks in Libya?”
“They are! Of course they are,” Bush responded. “But if the ambassador was asking for additional security and didn’t get it, that’s a proper point.”
The conversation then turned back to Trump, who was the target of a new attack ad put out by Bush’s campaign. While the interview briefly addressed the ad and the preceding kerfuffle between Bush and Trump, the Donald himself continued to tweet about his political rival before and during the State of the Union segment.
Jeb Bush should stop trying to defend his brother and focus on his own shortcomings and how to fix them. Also, Rubio is hitting him hard!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 18, 2015
Jeb, why did your brother attack and destabalize the Middle East by attacking Iraq when there were no weapons of mass destruction? Bad info? — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 18, 2015
Check out the clip above, via CNN.
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