Donald Trump has been candid about his feelings on immigration while on the campaign trial for the GOP presidential nomination. The business mogul once again spoke on the issue and repeated previous statements that George W. Bush was responsible for the 9/11 tragedy.
In an interview on Saturday (Oct. 17), Trump didn’t put the entire brunt of the blame on Bush but did peg him at fault as he was the Commander-In-Chief during the time of the 9/11 attacks in Washington and New York.
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“You always have to look to the person at the top,” Trump said Saturday in a telephone interview. “Do I blame George Bush? I only say that he was the president at the time, and you know, you could say the buck stops here.”
So why might one consider Bush responsible?
No. 1: Bush’s immigration policy. “We had very weak immigration laws,” Trump said, adding that perhaps if Bush had had a Trump-style immigration policy, replete with “the strong laws that I’m wanting, these terrorists wouldn’t have been in the country.”
No. 2: People knew that the FBI, the National Security Council, and the CIA weren’t sharing information about potential threats. “They were not talking to each other,” Trump said. “If I’m president, I want to have my three most important agencies talking to each other and coordinating with each other.”
And No. 3: George Tenet, Bush’s director of central intelligence, “knew in advance that there would be an attack, and he said that.”
In typical Trump fashion, he says he doesn’t blame anyone but maintained it was “possible” that Bush was at fault. Former Florida Governer Jeb Bush and Trump have had a bit of a Twitter war since Friday.
Trump said in an interview with Bloomberg News that the World Trade Center attack happened while Bush was an office, and continued to check policies during that administration’s time in the White Office as a potential reason.