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Jeb Bush says Donald Trump "uninformed" and even "scary"


Jeb Bush (AP)

Jeb Bush (AP)

Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush called Donald Trump “uninformed” and even “scary,” in reference to the billionaire businessman’s past statements on the war against Islamic state terrorists and Syrian refugees.

The former Florida governor, in an appearance on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” said Trump has been wrong from the beginning on how to approach the threat of terrorism from ISIS.

“No one’s holding him to account,” Bush said of Trump. “He first said we had no interest in being involved in Syria. And then he said let the Russians take out ISIS. And then he said let ISIS take out” Syrian President Bashar Assad, said Bush.

“Back and forth it goes. And the net effect of this is in these really serious times he’s not a serious leader,” said Bush. “He’s all over the map, misinformed at best and preying on people’s fears at worst.”

For much of the summer and fall, Trump made Bush the target of his attacks, a number of them personal, including calling Bush “low energy.” Bush, who’s fallen in the polls, has been returning fire in a bid to cast Trump as unfit to serve as commander in chief and to knock him off his perch atop many national polling surveys.

“He’s playing you guys like a fiddle, the press, by saying outrageous things and garnering attention. That’s his strategy, is to dominate the news,” said Bush.

In a separate interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Trump stood by his claim last week that he saw thousands of Muslims celebrating in New Jersey following the fall of the World Trade Center towers on Sept. 11, 2001.

Trump’s campaign has been unable to produce video footage of the supposed celebrations and the Washington Post reporter who authored a story that Trump has used to corroborate the event has denied he saw any evidence of such celebrations.

“I saw it at the time.  I stick by it.  Hundreds of people have confirmed it,” Trump told NBC’s Chuck Todd in the interview.

“It did happen in New Jersey.  I have hundreds of people that agree with me,” said Trump.



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