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Jeb Bush Doesn't Believe Trump's 9/11 Claims: 'He Says These Things to Play on People's Fears

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"We're living in difficult times, we need serious leadership.."

Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush said Wednesday that he doesn't believe Donald Trump's claim that Muslims in New Jersey were celebrating just hours after the terror attacks on 9/11.

"I don't believe it happened," Bush told CNN "New Day" host Alisyn Camerota. "I know many Muslims that were just as angry and saddened by the attack on our country. I don't believe it."

Despite the pushback Trump received for the claims, Trump's chief counsel, Michael Cohen, said Tuesday that Trump is "probably right," insisting that the claims could not be disproven. Fellow Republican candidate Ben Carson briefly supported Trump's claims Monday, before walking back that support Monday evening.

While the former Florida governor said he doesn't believe Trump, he told Camerota that Trump's comments point to a larger issue in the search for a serious leader.

"Look, Donald Trump says these things to prey on people's fears, their anger, their frustration with Washington," he said. "He's quite effective at it, but he doesn't know what he's talking about and he's not a serious leader."

"We're living in difficult times, we need serious leadership to be able to solve the problems that we have domestically and lead America around the world so that we can create peace and security for ourselves," Bush concluded.

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