Former Florida governor and 2016 Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush blasted President Trump on Tuesday, offering him a piece of advice going forward: “Stop lying!”
During an interview with CBS Miami’s “Facing South Florida,” Jeb Bush was asked about Trump and many of the baseless claims he has already made as president.
“He should stop saying things that aren’t true, that are distractions from the task at hand,” Bush said. “He’s got a lot of work to do, and some of these things – the wiretapping, all of this stuff – is a complete distraction that makes it harder to accomplish the things I know he wants to do.”
We all remember how contentious the battle was between Trump and Bush during the Republican primaries. Jeb, opting to balance between sounding bitter and appearing sincere, made it clear he was very concerned with the president’s Twitter rants and statements that are unfounded.
“He hasn’t shifted to being president in the way that people are used to, and I think that’s the problem,” he noted.
“I hope he learns it’s one thing to do it as a candidate, where you’re garnering a huge following on Twitter and people go to massive rallies where people clearly love him,” Bush said. “Another thing is when you’re the president; your words have consequences that go way beyond that.”
Jeb offered much more high energy commentary when he praised Trump for “lifting people’s spirits,” adding, “The strength is he’s acted in a good way and lifted people’s spirits in terms of economic growth and job creation, but he’s a distraction in and of himself.”
While many of Bush’s comments were by the book, he didn’t hold back when he was answering a question about whether or not he believed Trump had respect for the office.
Bush assertively added that Trump’s outlandish rhetoric and tone have “diminished the office of the presidency.”
Regardless of your opinion of Jeb Bush, his remarks are spot on. We have a president that has yet to transform from “campaign mode” into “President of the United States.”
It is very concerning that he continues to golf every weekend, that he hurls unfounded accusations on a weekly basis, and he has very little to show for his first 100 days.
Maybe Trump ought to borrow some of Jeb’s newfound “high energy” and actually get something done. He can start with actually trying to pass a healthcare bill that is beneficial.