Jeb Bush criticizes Trump’s praise of Russian President Vladimir Putin

Former Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush visited Fort Wayne on Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016, where he spoke with the media and spoke with a class at the university before his Omnibus lecture.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE)- Former Presidential hopeful Jeb Bush is firing back at Donald Trump for comments he made about the Russian President Vladimir Putin being a better leader than President Obama.

Bush’s comments came during a news conference in Fort Wayne, Thursday night. Bush was in the Summit City as part of IPFW’s Omnibus series. The topic of his lecture was redefining leadership– something Bush said is desperately needed with the current political climate.

Trump’s criticism of President Obama came during a Commander in Chief forum Wednesday night.

“[Vladimir Putin] has very strong control over his country,” Trump said. “I mean it’s a very different system and I don’t happen to like the system, but certainly in that system he’s been a leader… far more than our president has been a leader.”

Thursday, Trump is defended his comments on Putin while many Republicans, including former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, are struggling to make sense of his praise.

“Some of the things Mr. Trump says I don’t quite understand,” said Bush. “I don’t get all the Putin love here. He’s a dictator. He’s a forceful leader because he can do whatever he wants. That doesn’t make him an effective leader or someone to praise.”

Bush said both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are not fit to lead the nation. Even though he promised endorse the Republican nominee earlier in his presidential campaign, he has since changed his mind.

“I don’t intend to endorse him and I’ll leave it at that,” said Bush.

His refusal to support the Trump comes as a disappointment to some members of the Republican party.

“[Trump] is the peoples choice at this point,” said Coleen Bonahoom. “Therefore [Republicans] should all be standing in support and [Bush] should be standing in support right with them.”

Choosing the next president will be a tough decision for Bush this election. With just two months left to go, Bush said he still isn’t sure who he will vote for.

“You know what, for the first time in my life I haven’t figured that out completely yet,” he said. “But I’ve got time.”

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