Jeb Bush calls out Republicans who criticized Obama over Russia, but have been silent on the Trump-Russia probe
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush criticized his former 2016 presidential primary foe President Donald Trump on Saturday over his first six months in office.
Speaking at OZY Fest in New York, Bush slammed Trump's chaotic style of governance and failure to focus on his policy goals. He singled out reports that Trump recently suggested that he may attempt to pre-pardon himself to preempt a federal investigation by independent counsel Robert Mueller.
"You get disciplined when your team says, 'No, Mr. President, let's stay focused on these policy objectives,'" Bush said. "Don't disparage people, don't go after Mueller, don't say you're going to pardon yourself or whatever. Don't do all that. Govern."
At times, the governor appeared to slip back into campaign mode, saying that Trump didn't always represent the Republican party, noting he was registered as a Democrat in the district where OZY Fest was being held.
He also said the 45th president wasn't serving as a symbol for the country to succeed.
"The president is the prime minister and the king. He or she, eventually, will be the symbol of the country, and also the prime minister responsible for making government work," Bush said. "And right now, our president doesn't view that job as important. Look at history. History is important. When presidents inspire us, we do better. And that's what we need to get back to."