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Jeb: Trump’s Lack of Knowledge ‘Mind-Blowing’ — His Proposals ‘Ridiculous’


Sunday on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” Republican presidential candidate former Gov. Jeb Bush (R-FL) said his opponent Donald Trump’s lack of knowledge about America’s nuclear arsenal  is “mind-blowing” and his call to ban Muslims from entering the Untied States is “ridiculous.”

Bush said, “I’m trying to point out that he is not a serious candidate. His answer about the nuclear triad, for example, was mind blowing. I mean not having any knowledge about what the subject is where you have this exclusive responsibility as president of the United States as commander-in-chief of the armed forces to know when and how to use our nuclear deterrent. He has no knowledge about this stuff. Now he has come out and said Putin is a great guy when he is trying to destabilize our relationships with our allies. He is not a serious candidate.”

He continued by saying that understanding the nuclear triad is “important.”

“Because it’s been part of the security arrangement that has kept us safe since the post World War II-era,” Bush continued. “We’ve seen a lack of investment in it. We need to refurbish it and strengthen it. The fact that he didn’t know what it is one of those questions that I think you have to answer if you’re running for president of the United States. But it’s not just that. He says that ISIS is not a threat. Two months ago he gets his news from the shows—I know that warm your heart — that he wakes up in the morning gets his foreign policy and military advice from people that are going on your show. That’s not serious man.”

When asked about Trump’s calls to  banning Muslims from the United States, Bush said, “It says a lot about Donald Trump that he would say these things knowing that it might have popular support. But that will wane make it harder to do what we need to do which is destroy ISIS. You can’t do it by banning Muslim that’s just ridiculous. People are scared, and when they hear someone that advocates a big position, I can see why people would be — migrate towards that but that doesn’t mean it’s the right thing to do.”

On Russian President Vladimir Putin’s praise of Trump, Bush said, “We’re losing influence around the world and Putin is gaining influence. He’s not an ally. He’s a dictator. He’s a bully. He has nothing to do — nothing to admire with him other than fact that he’s strong. And we can admire that, we can respect that, and he admires strength, too. We need a president that actually will stand up for American interests in Europe or Middle East. That’s how you create a better relationship with Putin. You don’t brag about what a great a guy he is. He’s not. He kills journalists.”

Follow Pam Key on Twitter @pamkeyNEN

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