LISTEN: Jeb Bush Calls Out Obama's 'Dangerous, Alice in Wonderland' Foreign Policy
Brian Kilmeade welcomed former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) to his "Kilmeade & Friends" show on Fox News Radio this morning.
The possible 2016 presidential candidate discussed at length his opposition to President Obama's "Alice in Wonderland" foreign policy.
In a column earlier this week in National Review, Bush criticized Obama's handling of the Iran nuclear negotiations, saying the president is making a mistake by "trusting our enemies."
Here's some highlights of what Bush had to say during the Q-and-A:
On the Bowe Bergdahl swap:
"The president is totally focused on closing Guantanamo as an organizing principle and it's all based on politics. We shouldn't be closing down Guantanamo. We shouldn't be releasing Taliban that are openly organizing once again to attack us. This is just not the right policy."
On President Obama failing to get Congressional approval for the Bergdahl swap:
"This is the common feature of the Obama White House, whether it's domestic or foreign policy. To basically unilaterally take actions, to sign executive orders that he doesn't have the authority to do."
On Obama's policies toward Israel and Iran:
"As we've disengaged in his first term of office, now we're seeing the ramifications. The implications of instability are becoming more and more apparent. Americans want their president to keep America's citizens secure. This policy of pulling back, of disengagement, is not the right approach. ... It's an Alice in Wonderland foreign policy. It makes no sense."
On Obama's strained relationship with Netanyahu:
"It does damage to the rest of the region as well. People in the Persian Gulf, Egypt, Jordan, and other places. They look at our relationship being ruptured with Israel and they wonder, well, how can we get a good deal? How are we going to have our voice heard? This instability that comes from not having the back of our strongest ally is quite dangerous."
On comments by Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council, who said Christian conservatives will not support Bush for president in 2016:
"I have a lot of respect for Tony and his group. I have an open dialogue with him. I have a record as governor. I don't have to talk about things, I actually acted on my core beliefs both as it relates to traditional marriage, which I support, and the sanctity of life, which I acted on on numerous occasions. [If I run for president] I'll be able to share that [record]. There are few people that can tell that story the way that I can because for eight years, I served and consistently advocated my views on moral issues. This will all sort out. In order for a conservative to win, we have to unite the conservative cause, not divide ourselves up into spare parts. And then go after, and persuade people who aren't as conservative."
On what he learned from Mitt Romney's unsuccessful presidential campaign in 2012:
"I think the lessons learned were twofold: One, you have to show who you are, you have to show your heart, you have to show that you care about people. Governor Romney's team thought that making [the election] a referendum on the president's failed economic policies was enough. I think the lesson learned is, yes that's important to point out the failures of a policy that has kept us down. But you also have to show who you are and connect with people and understand the plight that they're in. ... I wish Governor Romney was president of the United States right now because I think he would be solving problems."
Listen to the entire interview above and check out "Kilmeade & Friends," weekdays from 9a to noon ET on Fox News Radio.