Trump: George W. Bush Did Not Keep America Safe
TODD: "You made it clear that you wanted to remind people that 9/11 happened, I believe you used the phrase, during George Bush’s reign. Do you believe that George Bush kept America safe?"
TRUMP: "No. Because the world trade center was knocked down. Look, that’s another myth. I wish he did. I have nothing against him. I don’t know him. I don’t know that — I don’t think I ever even met him. I don’t think I did meet him. I have nothing against George Bush. I’m just saying when Jeb Bush gets up and says my brother kept us safe. How did he keep us safe when the world trade during his time in office, I lost many, many friends — that was the worst tragedy in the history of this country. Worse than pearl harbor because they attacked civilians. They attacked people in office buildings."
TODD: "And you think George W. Bush could have prevented this?"
TRUMP: "Well, according to — if you go back, you will see the CIA and other agencies had information that bad things were going to happen. And, yes, the answer is he should have known. They were not talking to each other. There was total disassociation. They didn’t like each other, all of the different agencies were a mess. They were fighting with each other. Absolutely they should have known. They should have known something. Osama bin Laden — hey, look, I wrote about Osama bin Laden in 2000 in a book. I was talking about Osama bin Laden. If I know about Osama bin Laden just by seeing press and seeing, you know, what’s going on, why wouldn’t the president of the United States know about Osama bin Laden?"