Trump: I Would Have Prevented 9/11 Attacks

The Donald inspires new round of sniping
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 18, 2015 3:40 PM CDT
Trump: I Would Have Prevented 9/11 Attacks
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump watches as Luis Ortiz fights Matias Ariel Vidondo of Argentina during a WBA heavyweight title bout at Madison Square Garden in New York on Oct. 17, 2015.   (AP Photo/Rich Schultz)

(Newser) – Donald Trump continued his recent attacks on the Bush family by implying today that he would have prevented the 9/11 attacks, CNN reports. The Republican presidential contender said on Fox News Sunday that he's "extremely, extremely tough on immigration," which may have thwarted the 9/11 terrorists. "There's a good chance that those people would not have been in our country," says Trump. (The Guardian, however, notes that all of the terrorists legally entered the US on tourist or business visas—except one, who used a student visa.) "I'm not blaming George Bush," adds Trump. "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." Cue the reactions:

  • "My brother responded to a crisis, and he did it as you would hope a president would do," says Jeb Bush on State of the Union. "He united the country, he organized our country and he kept us safe. ... And I don't know why [Trump] keeps bringing this up."
  • "I would probably ask [Trump] what he meant by that. I seriously doubt that he’s saying that—that George W. Bush is to blame for [9/11]," says Carson, per ABC News. "I certainly—I certainly don’t think so."
And Jeb recently fired back at Trump (who's been attacking the Bush brothers on Twitter) with a video that mocks Trump as a foreign-policy lightweight while fanciful clarinet music plays in the background. (Read more Jeb Bush 2016 stories.)

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