Donald Trump address the "Bush kept us safe after 9/11" line that Jeb Bush and other Republicans have used to describe the security of the United States after the September 2011 terror attack. At Saturday night's Republican debate moderated by CBS News, Trump said the former President did not keep us safe and lied about the weapons of mass destruction.
On the Sunday shows, Trump said Bush "hoodwinked" us into invading Iraq.
"What does that mean, he kept the country safe after 9/11?" Trump said at a Monday afternoon press conference. "In other words, we had this major catastrophe, and after that?"
"What does that mean?" Trump asked. I don't know. See, I've heard that for years. You know what? I've heard that for years."
"I've heard for years he kept the country safe after 9/11 -- what does that mean, after 9/11? What about during 9/11? I was there," Trump said.
"I lost a lot of friends that were killed in that building. The worst attack ever in this country. It was during his presidency. I mean, we had the worst attack ever," the GOP frontrunner said.
"That's like saying the team scored 19 runs in the first inning, but after that we played well. I don't think so," Trump said about the 'after 9/11' qualifier.