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Jeb Bush: Trump Is 'A Distraction In And Of Himself'

| by Michael Doherty

In a new interview, former Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush discussed his feelings about President Donald Trump, saying that the president needs to "stop saying things that aren't true."

While the 64-year-old said that the president was doing well with certain aspects of the job, such as his appointments, Jeb called Trump a "distraction, in and of himself," Uproxx reports.

Jeb had opposed Trump during the 2016 Republican presidential primary, and after his defeat, did not endorse Trump, who went on the win the nomination and the election.

"The president has made some really good appointments," said Jeb. "He’s acted decisively on some areas that I think are important, particularly on the regulatory side."

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"He hasn’t shifted to being president in the way that people are used to, and I think that’s the problem," Jeb added.

When asked what he meant, Jeb clarified that Trump was failing to be presidential "through Twitter, through other [means.]"

"He should stop saying things that aren't true, that are distractions from the task at hand," said Jeb. "He’s got a lot of work to do, and some of these things -- the wiretapping and all of this stuff -- is a complete distraction that makes it harder to accomplish the things I know he wants to do."

Jeb added some praise along with his criticisms, saying that the president had understood the anger of the American people during the election.

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"Reasoning, in this environment where people are angry, is hard, and I wasn’t capable of giving them a sense that there is a better path," he said. "President Trump’s great skill was to understand that."

After Trump became the Republican Party's nominee, Jeb posted a statement on Facebook in which he said that he would not be voting for Trump or Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton during the election, but would "support principled conservatives at the state and federal levels, just as I have done my entire life."

"The American Presidency is an office that goes beyond just politics," Jeb said in the statement. "It requires of its occupant great fortitude and humility and the temperament and strong character to deal with the unexpected challenges that will inevitably impact our nation in the next four years."

"Donald Trump has not demonstrated that temperament or strength of character," he continued. "He has not displayed a respect for the Constitution. And, he is not a consistent conservative. These are all reasons why I cannot support his candidacy."

Sources: Uproxx, Jeb Bush/Facebook / Photo credit: PBS NewsHour/Flickr

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