During Saturday night’s debate, Donald Trump attacked President George W. Bush’s war in Iraq, calling it a “mistake.” He avoided a question from CBS moderate John Dickerson about whether Bush should’ve been impeached, but insisted, “They lied. They said there were weapons of mass destruction and there were none. And they knew there were none. There were no weapons mass destruction.”
Trump’s comments elicited boos from the audience:
A 2005 report from United Nations inspectors found that by the time Bush sent U.S. soldiers to disarm Saddam Hussein, all evidence indicated there was nothing to support claims of nuclear or biological weapons. The Bush administration apparently dismissed the inspectors and their intel routinely in the run-up to the war.
In 2006, Tyler Drumheller, former chief of the CIA’s Europe division, revealed that in 2002, Bush, Vice President Cheney, and National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice were informed that Iraq had no active weapons of mass destruction program.
Gov. Jeb Bush took umbrage at the comments. “I’m sick and tired of Barack Obama blaming my brother for all of the problem that he’s had,” he responded, “and frankly, I could care less about the insults that Donald Trump gives to me. It’s a blood sport for him. He enjoys it.”