President Trump’s son backed out of a political fundraiser for former President George W. Bush’s nephew, over the Bush family’s harsh words about the White House’s child-separation policy, published reports said on Tuesday.
Donald Trump Jr. had been set to appear for George P. Bush — a Texas land commissioner and the son of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Axios and Politico reported.
Despite the bruising 2016 GOP presidential campaign between Donald Trump and Jeb Bush, a source close to Don Jr. said the sons still get along.
But with the Bush family leading the GOP charge against Trump’s immigration tactics, Donald Jr. thought it best he sidestep the George P. Bush event, set for Monday, according to reports.
“Don was originally happy to do a favor for George P. and headline the fundraiser, but after Jeb’s incessant attacks, Don decided enough was enough and pulled the plug,” the source close to Trump Jr. told Politico.
Jeb Bush tweeted on Monday that: “Children shouldn’t be used as a negotiating tool. @realDonaldTrump should end this heartless policy and Congress should get an immigration deal done that provides for asylum reform, border security and a path to citizenship for Dreamers.”
And George P. Bush’s aunt – former first lady Laura Bush – published a blistering piece in the Washington Post on Sunday, comparing Trump’s immigration policies to the internment of Japanese-American citizens during World War II.
“It is immoral. And it breaks my heart,” Laura Bush wrote.
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