GOP presidential hopeful Donald Trump, who predicted in 2000 that a tragedy like 9/11 would occur, has strongly criticized former President George W. Bush for failing to keep America safe on Sept. 1, 2001.
On Oct. 20, the Republican presidential front runner suggested yet again that he might have been able to prevent the 9/11 terrorist attack, Yahoo Politics reports.
"If you look at what happened, number one, I would've had a stronger immigration policy," Trump said on CNN’s "New Day," according to Yahoo Politics. "I'm not saying I would’ve prevented them, but I would’ve had a chance because I’m pretty good at this stuff."
Trump's claims might seem far-fetched, but the real estate tycoon predicted the tragedy a year and a half before it happened in his 2000 book "The America We Deserve."
"I really am convinced we’re in danger of the sort of terrorist attacks that will make the bombing of the Trade Center look like kids playing with firecrackers," Trump wrote 19 months before the fateful day, according to BuzzFeed. "No sensible analyst rejects this possibility, and plenty of them, like me, are not wondering if but when it will happen.”
In a criticism of U.S. foreign policy, the billionaire businessman even predicted a showdown with Osama bin Laden.
"One day we’re told that a shadowy figure with no fixed address named Osama bin-Laden is public enemy number one, and U.S. jetfighters lay waste to his camp in Afghanistan," Trump wrote. "He escapes back under some rock, and a few news cycles later it’s on to a new enemy and new crisis."
He wrote that there was a "real possibility" that terrorists would detonate a weapon of mass destruction in a major American city.
Trump recently fired back at the criticism he has received over his harsh words to Jeb Bush, who has defended his brother's actions during that time.
"I’m not blaming George Bush," Trump said, according to Yahoo Politics. "But I don’t want Jeb Bush to say, 'My brother kept us safe,' because September 11th was one of the worst days in the history of this country."