Jeb: I Have ‘Grave Doubts’ About Trump Having Nuclear Codes

Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Republican presidential candidate former Gov. Jeb Bush (R-FL) said he has “grave doubts,” about the possibility of his opponent Donald Trump being in charge of the nation’s nuclear codes because “it looks as though he’s an actor playing the role of a candidate for president not boning up on the issues.”

In defending his brother, former President George W. Bush, on his response to 9/11 from Trumps recent criticisms, Bush said, “My brother responded to a crisis and did it as you would hope a president would do. He kept us safe and united the country. There’s no denying that. The majority of Americans believe that. I don’t know why he keeps bringing it up. He doesn’t show he’s a serious person as it relates to being commander-in-chief and the architect of a foreign policies. Across the spectrum of foreign policy, Mr. Trump talks about things that as though he’s still on the apprentice. Literally talking about Syria saying ISIS should take out Assad then Russia should take out ISIS. It’s though it was some kind of broad game. It’s another example of a lack of seriousness. Again and I think we need a we’re under a grave threats we need  a president with a steady hand.”

He continued, “Next week Mr. Trump is probably going say that FDR was around when Japan attacked Pearl Harbor. It’s what you do after that matters. That’s the sign of leadership. It’s not the — does anybody actually blame my brother for the attacks on 9/11? If they do they’re marginalizing our society. It’s what he did afterwards that matters. I’m proud of him and a bunch of other people. You don’t have to have your last name be Bush to understand that. It calls into question Mr. Trump’s credibility as a commander-in-chief and architect of the next generation foreign policy, which we need in this country right now. ”

When asked if he would feel comfortable with Trump’s hand on the nation’s nuclear codes, Bush said, “I have grave doubts, to be honest with you. It’s only because the things he says. It looks as though he’s not taking the responsibility, the possibility of being president of the United States seriously. For him it looks as though he’s an actor playing the role of a candidate for president not boning up on the issues. Not having a broad sense of the responsibilities of what it is to be a president. In his own words, it gives me great concern, for sure, a lot of other people will as well.”

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