Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said Sunday that had he been president on September 11, 2001, chances are the 9/11 attack would never have happened.
“I doubt that [the 9/11 terrorists] would have been in the country,” he told “Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace.
The controversy arose as the result of comments he’d made on Bloomberg Television Friday.
“When you talk about George Bush, I mean, say what you want, the World Trade Center came down during his time,” Trump said to Bloomberg anchor Stephanie Ruhle. “He was president, OK? Don’t blame him, or don’t blame him, but he was president. The World Trade Center came down during his reign.”
Fellow GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush almost immediately came to his brother’s defense, and tweeted:
How pathetic for @realdonaldtrump to criticize the president for 9/11. We were attacked & my brother kept us safe.
— Jeb Bush (@JebBush) October 16, 2015
“Do you blame George W. Bush for 9/11?” Wallace asked at about the 9:15 mark.
“I’m not blaming anybody,” Trump said, adding that the Trade Center went down during his administration.
“What would you have done?” Wallace asked.
“I would have been much different,” Trump said. “I am extremely, extremely tough on illegal immigration. I’m extremely tough on people coming into this country. I believe that if I were running things, I doubt those families would have – I doubt that those people would have been in the country.”
“With that being said, I’m not blaming George Bush. But I don’t want Jeb Bush to say, “My brother kept us safe,” because September 11 was one of the worst days in the history of this country.”
Trump also addressed such issues as the debt limit, affirmative action, taxation, and eminent domain regulation.
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