Donald Trump walloped George W. Bush with a verbal haymaker Thursday, slamming the former president for charging tens of thousands of dollars to speak to a group of severely wounded military veterans — soldiers he himself sent to war in Iraq and Afghanistan.
“You mean George Bush sends our soldiers into combat, they are severely wounded, and then he wants $120,000 to make a boring speech to them?” the billionaire developer scolded in a message posted on Twitter.
The slam was seen as an indirect attack on George W.’s younger brother Jeb Bush, whom Trump is neck and neck in the polls with for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination.
As ABC News reported, Bush charged $100,000 to speak at a fundraiser for U.S. military veterans sponsored by Helping a Hero charity, a Texas-based charity. In addition, Bush was also given a private jet to travel to the event at a cost of $20,000.
ABC also reported that former First Lady Laura Bush commanded a $50,000 fee to appear before the veterans a year earlier.