Donald Trump, Jeb Bush Continue To Battle Over 9/11 Legacy

| by Jared Keever
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Republican presidential candidates Donald Trump and Jeb Bush continued to trade jabs over the weekend about the legacy of former president George W. Bush and the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. 

Trump appeared on "Fox News Sunday" on Oct. 18, and suggested that his immigration policies might well have prevented the attacks. 

“I am extremely, extremely tough on illegal immigration,” the GOP front-runner and billionaire real estate mogul said. “I believe that if I were running things, … I doubt that those people would have been in the country.”

But former Florida governor Jeb Bush defended his brother’s track record that same day while appearing on CNN's "State of the Union."

"My brother responded to a crisis, and he did it as you would hope a president would do,” he told CNN of the attacks. “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.”

That’s a view Trump doesn’t seem to hold. 

“I'm not blaming anybody,” Trump told Fox News. “But the World Trade Center came down. So when [Jeb Bush] said, we were safe, that's not safe… It was probably the greatest catastrophe ever in this country.”

It’s a feud that has been simmering since the second Republican debate, according to Fox News. 

“You remember the rubble at the World Trade Center? He sent a clear signal that the United States would be strong and fight Islamic terrorism, and he did keep us safe,” Bush said during the debate. 

“You feel safe right now? I don’t feel so safe.” Trump said in response. 

Jeb Bush, who told CNN on Oct. 18 that he had “grave doubts” about Trump becoming the Republican presidential nominee, suggested that there is nothing to be gained in continuing to talk about 9/11.

“And I don't know why he keeps bringing this up,” Bush said. “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.”

Sources: Fox News, CNN

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