Jeb Bush Calls It As He Sees It, Trump Is A 'Distraction'

Jeb Bush declared Sunday that President Trump “should stop saying things that aren’t true, that are distractions from the task at hand.”

The Hill reported that the former Florida governor was referring to the president’s widely debunked claim that the Obama administration conducted surveillance at Trump Tower during the 2016 campaign. The FBI and NSA recently announced that they had found no evidence to support the allegation.

Trump “is a distraction in and of himself,” Bush told Jim DeFede on “Facing South Florida.” He argued that the president “has 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.”

When the interviewer asked whether the president’s accusatory tweets against his predecessor cast a bad light on the Trump White House, Bush responded: “A little bit (because Trump) hasn’t shifted to being president in the way that people are used to, and I think that’s the problem.”

The former governor complimented Trump for selecting John Kelly to head the Homeland Security Department, Betsy DeVos as secretary of education and Rex Tillerson as secretary of state. “The president made some really good appointments,” Bush said. “He’s acted decisively on some areas I think are important, particularly on the regulatory side.”

Though Bush was considered the front-runner for the nomination, he was unable to successfully compete with Trump. "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 explained. Bush said voters chose “their news to validate what they believe, and it makes them increasingly less tolerant of other people’s views that rely on another set of facts, (which) is dangerous for our democracy.”

Bush told DeFede that he will not “rule out anything” regarding his political plans. The son and brother of former presidents did not say whether he is considering another White House bid.

Source: The Hill
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