Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, whom President Donald Trump once infamously derided for being “low energy,” said on Saturday that the president is digging himself a major hole with his tweets about the Russia investigation.
Business Insider reports that Bush, while speaking at the OZY Fest in New York, took aim at Trump’s Saturday morning attacks on special counsel Robert Mueller and Attorney General Jeff Sessions, whom the president alleged were not doing enough to investigate former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.
“He unleashed five tweets today about stuff that jeopardizes his legal situation, insults somebody, goes back to the 2016 election, none of which is relevant to getting tax relief done, regulatory reform done,” Bush said. “This is going to be a long ride between 2018 in January, much less 2020.”
Bush also slammed Republicans in Congress for not doing anything to hold Trump accountable, as he noted there would be nonstop outrage from the GOP if former President Barack Obama’s campaign had had the sort of contacts with Russian officials that the Trump campaign did in 2016.
“If Barack Obama did something as it related to Russia and you say, ‘This is outrageous,’ then when your guy does the same thing, have the same passion to be critical,” Bush said. “Does everything have to be a political calculus? ‘Oh my god if I say something, there will be an opponent, and there will be a third-party interest group come and give money to my opponent. Oh my god, oh my god, oh my god.’ This is not what public services should be about.”