Trump Softens Tone on George W. Bush and Iraq: ‘I Don’t Know If He Lied or Not’
Donald Trump relaxed his position on George W. Bush and his Iraq War. On Tuesday, he said he didn’t know if Bush had lied or not.
“I don’t know if he lied or not,” he told host George Stephanopoulos on ABC’s “Good Morning America.” “I just know that there are no weapons of mass destruction.”
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“I know that the CIA and various other agencies knew that something bad was going to happen and they did nothing about it,” he said. “They got it wrong.
“The heads of the CIA and the various other agencies weren’t speaking and it was a big problem,” the New York business mogul continued.
“Three years before the World Trade Center came down, I wrote about Osama Bin Laden in my book,” Trump added, referencing the al Qaeda leader who orchestrated the 2001 massacre. “He was a bad dude and he should have been taken out.”
The Hill reports:
Trump accused the George W. Bush administration of dishonesty about the Iraq War during the GOP’s ninth GOP presidential debate in Greenville, S.C. last Saturday.
He has repeatedly invoked both the conflict’s unpopularity and the Bush family itself as a means of criticizing former Gov. Jeb Bush (R-Fla.), his Republican presidential primary rival.
Jeb Bush countered last Saturday that he is “sick and tired” of Trump using his family’s legacy against him.
Former President George W. Bush introduced his sibling late Monday at a rally in North Charleston, S.C., mere days before next Saturday’s GOP presidential primary there.
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