Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump said on Oct. 20 that President George W. Bush had “advanced notice” of the 9/11 terrorist attack (video below).
GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush defended his brother against an earlier Trump comment with a tweet on Oct. 16: "How pathetic for [Trump] to criticize the president for 9/11. We were attacked [and] my brother kept us safe."
Trump fired back during a phone interview with CNN on Oct. 20, notes Mediaite.com:
"[Jeb's] brother gets hit on, he’s a loyal person, he’s loyal to his brother. But his brother made some mistakes.
"His brother could have made a mistake with respect to the actual hit. Because they did know it was coming. And George Tenet, the head of the CIA, told them it was coming. So they did have advanced notice and they didn't really work on it.
"Now, that's something that could happen. I don't blame him for that.
"Again the question was, it wasn't that I was blaming, they said that our country was safe under Bush. I said, 'Well, what about the World Trade Center coming down in the worst attack in history?'
"But the statement was, 'Our country was safe under his brother,' and I said, 'Well, OK, but you got to add in, if you go back a few days, you have to add in a thing called the World Trade Center,' and they wouldn't do that. So I disagreed with that statement."
President Bush did receive a briefing on Aug. 6, 2001, entitled, "Bin Laden determined to strike in U.S.," CNN noted in 2004 when the briefing was released.
The briefing stated, in part: "FBI information since that time indicates patterns of suspicious activity in this country consistent with preparations for hijackings or other types of attacks, including recent surveillance of federal buildings in New York."
As far as Americans being safe since 9/11, Jeb failed to mention that at least 4,000 Americans had died in the Iraq War by March 2008, according to The Associated Press.