Former White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card recalled on Monday that the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 had been a “spectacular day” for President George W. Bush.
During an interview on CNN, host Wolf Blitzer asked Card to respond to Donald Trump’s charge that President Bush had failed to prevent the 9/11 attacks.
“Well, it is true that during the previous administrations to George w. Bush, the government put barriers between the FBI and the CIA, and some other intelligence agencies,” Card insisted. “So, it was very difficult to be able to find the dots, never mind connect them.”
According to Card, “President Bush provided the leadership” necessary to reform the intelligence community.
“The reality is the world changed on that September 11th, 2001 day,” the former chief of staff said. “That was a spectacular day. And I whispered a second plane hit the second tower, America was under attack. That’s when the president of the United States had to step up and keep the oath of office that he took.”
Card added: “And this is about picking a president right now, And I want to have a president that will have the courage to protect us, to make the tough decisions that must be made and I’m convinced Jeb Bush is the right person to do that.”
Watch the video below from CNN, broadcast Feb. 15, 2016.