- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 29, 2018

President Trump’s sons Donald and Eric tweeted jabs at former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush on Thursday after the failed presidential candidate made an apparent joke about them not loving their father.

Speaking at a forum at Yale University on Tuesday, Mr. Bush said that after the 2016 Republican primary in South Carolina, he “went home to my children that actually love me,” the Yale Daily News reported.

Several audience members interviewed by the student newspaper after the event said they interpreted Mr. Bush’s joke as a jab at the president.

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Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump affirmed their love for their father in two separate tweets Thursday.

Jeb! I love everything about my father. I love that he’s a fighter, I love that he has guts, I love that he’s President (all those things you’re not),” Mr. Trump Jr. wrote. “Also love that he learned enough about politics in a few weeks to dismantle you piece by piece despite it being your life’s work.”

Eric Trump wrote, “[email protected] I actually love my father very much. #PleaseClap,” referencing a moment during Mr. Bush’s 2016 campaign when he asked a crowd to clap for him.

Following the tweets, a spokesman for Mr. Bush told Fox News that the former governor wasn’t talking about the Trumps.

“Governor Bush’s comments were reported incorrectly. His comments were unrelated to the president or his family,” Bush spokesman Kristy Campbell said.

The Yale Daily News also issued a correction, saying Mr. Bush hadn’t mentioned Mr. Trump when he made the joke

“In fact, Bush did not directly refer to Trump — but he was speaking about his loss in the 2016 South Carolina Republican presidential primary, which Trump won,” the paper said. “His comment was met with raucous laughter and applause from the crowd, and eight of nine audience members interviewed after the event told the News they interpreted Bush’s comment as a reference to Trump. The News regrets this error.”

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