Jeb Bush backs president, but says ‘who cares what I think?’
Former Florida governor and GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush said he doesn’t think President Trump obstructed justice when he fired former FBI director James B. Comey.
When Bush, who spoke yesterday to a standing-room-only crowd at Boston College’s 12th annual Carroll School of Management Finance Conference, was asked whether Trump obstructed justice, he replied, “No, I don’t, but who cares what I think?”
Bush went on to lament the lack of compromise and the constant quarreling that has engulfed Washington.
“It would be great to get back to the business of governing and less about the swirling controversies,” Bush said. “I just think the president needs to focus on doing his job.
“There are great opportunities for him to hire people,” Bush continued. “He’s done pretty well there. The judicial appointments have been good, he’s got a great foreign policy team, he should be president and stop creating all the controversies — let that process takes its place.”
And though he admitted he’s not a “big fan” of Trump, he said he hoped the president would make good on a major campaign promise to rid D.C. of Beltway insiders.
“ ‘Drain the swamp’ was a classic line, it resonated with me,” Bush said. “I didn’t vote for the guy, I’m not a big fan and everybody knows that, but I was hopeful that he would drain the swamp and the swamp-draining would include lobbying reform … which could be done by executive order if the president really wanted it.”