Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump warned of an impending terrorist threat in 2000. The business mogul has been heavily critiquing the legacy of former President George W. Bush on the campaign trail. In his book, The America We Deserve, he stressed that the U.S. was unprepared for incoming threats 19 months before the Sept. 11, 2001 World Trade Center attacks.
Trump wrote about the dangers of terrorism and feared that they could not be stopped, Buzzfeed reports.
“I really am convinced we’re in danger of the sort of terrorist attacks that will make the bombing of the Trade Center look like kids playing with firecrackers,” Trump wrote. “No sensible analyst rejects this possibility, and plenty of them, like me, are not wondering if but when it will happen.”
Trump went on to criticize the state of U.S. national security, arguing that the government had become complacent about the threat that radical terrorism poses, according to Buzzfeed.
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“We face a different problem when we talk about the individual fanatics who want to harm us,” Trump wrote. “We can kid ourselves all we want by mocking their references to the Great Satan, but also keep in mind that there is no greater destiny for many people than to deal the Great Satan a major kick in the teeth.”
Trump’s biggest fear was that terrorists would detonate a weapon of mass destruction within a large U.S. city. He concluded that American interventionism in international conflicts was making the country a target, Buzzfeed reports.
During the 2016 presidential election cycle, Trump has speaking about Sept. 11 as evidence that competing candidate Jeb Bush is incorrect when he defends his brother’s record. At an Oct. 19 campaign rally, the business mogul took aim at the Bush record, Yahoo! Politics reports.
“When you talk about George Bush — I mean, say what you want, the World Trade Center came down during his time,” says Trump. “I’m not blaming George Bush. But I don’t want Jeb Bush to say, ‘My brother kept us safe,’ because September 11th was one of the worst days in the history of this country.”