In a private meeting in Manhattan, New York, on May 5, Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush reportedly listed his brother, former President George W. Bush, as a foreign policy adviser to his likely presidential campaign.
The former Florida governor has publicly attempted to make a name for himself in the event he chooses to run for president, shying away from any ideological relations between himself and his famous brother.
George W. Bush’s foreign policy credentials have somewhat of a negative connotation, as many Americans disapproved of his administration’s handling of the Iraq War during his second term in office, from 2005 to 2009.
However, it was also reported that Jeb Bush cited the 43rd President of the United States as an adviser on Israel alone, and not the Middle East, as other news outlets have reported thus far, CNN notes.
According to CNN, someone sitting in the room when Jeb Bush was speaking wrote down verbatim Jeb’s statement that read, “What you need to know is that who I listen to when I need advice on the Middle East is George W. Bush.”
There are some discrepancies with what Jeb Bush was referring to specifically. Other sources say that it was obvious that Jeb was referring to just Israel and not the Middle East.
Tim Miller, a spokesperson for Jeb Bush, said: “Gov. Bush deeply respects his brother’s service to this country and in response to a question about James Baker and Israel, he reiterated that he looks to his brother whose stalwart support for our ally is in line with his own commitment to standing with Israel in the face of great threats to their security and our own.”
While the former President has knowledge of matters concerning foreign policy and overseas territories, American voters did not seem to agree with his decision-making. In September 2013, 62 percent of Americans believed sending soldiers to fight in Iraq was a mistake, CNN reported.
The former Florida governor has previously tried to distance himself from his more famous brother, saying, “I am my own man” in a speech early last year.
George W. Bush has publicly admitted to being a flaw in his brother’s likely presidential campaign, saying, “The role of family is not to be a political adviser or a policy adviser – there are plenty of those around. The role is to say ‘Hey man, I love you,'" Mediaite reported.
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