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Jeb on Philly Cop Shooting: 'There Needs to Be Clear Support of the Police'


By    |   Friday, 08 January 2016 07:33 PM

Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush told Newsmax TV on Friday that the ambush by an Islamic State sympathizer on a Philadelphia police officer proved that "there needs to be clear support of the police."

"We need to show as president — and all public figures, they need to show complete support for law enforcement," the former Florida governor told hosts J.D. Hayworth and John Bachman on "Newsmax Now" in an exclusive interview.

"There's a lot of people I talk to who are police officers, deputy sheriffs, who believe that the federal government doesn't have their back anymore," Bush said.

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In Philadelphia, Officer Jesse Hartnett, 33, was sitting in his marked squad car around midnight when he was ambushed and fired upon by Edward Archer, 30, Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross said.

Archer, who pledged allegiance to Islam and to ISIS after he was shot and arrested by police, fired 11 shots at close range with a gun that was stolen in October 2013 from a police officer's residence, Ross said.

Hartnett, who served 14 years in the Coast Guard, was hit three times in the arm. That was his only injury.

"I'm surprised that Officer Hartnett is with us today," Ross said.

The attack, coming a day after two Iraqi-born men were arrested in the United States on terrorism charges, led police in New York and other cities to step up their guard for possible ISIS attacks.

In his Newsmax interview, Bush declined to say that the ambush represented a broader "war on police," but cautioned that such an environment made it "very difficult for police officers to do their job — and they are heroes and they are deserving of more than just kind of passing talk."

He noted that in battling the war on terror, the nation's 800,000 sworn police officers "should be the eyes and ears of the FBI.

"There needs to be much greater coordination between federal law enforcement agencies and the cops on the beat," Bush said.

In the broader fight against the Islamic State, the former governor said that the key to destroying the terrorists is a strategy "with American leadership" at the helm, rebuilding U.S. military forces and forming a strong coalition with Sunni and Iraqi forces.

"We need to restore the core of our foreign policy, which is peace through strength," Bush told Newsmax. "A strong military with a strong commander-in-chief who respects that the military could solve this problem.

"Today, we have a leader who is feckless, who does not believe America's strength and leadership is appropriate — and he doesn't have a strategy to destroy ISIS.

"The strategy, quite simply, would be arm the Kurds, embed with the Iraqi military, re-engage with the Sunni leaders in Anwar Province who were partners in our efforts to create the surge that — thanks to the heroic efforts of the men and women in uniform of this great country — created stability in Iraq."

He also called for a no-fly zone in Syria, along with safe zones to address the refugee crisis — and a strong Sunni-led army in that country to "ultimately create stability in Syria and to destroy ISIS."

Bush told Hayworth and Bachman that he also would remove the various restrictions the Obama administration has placed on military officials regarding battlefield activity.

"It is outrageous that this administration has imposed additional requirements of war-fighting," he said. "It endangers the troops.

"You cannot have lawyers on top of the war fighters of this extraordinary military force.

"The military should apply the standards of war-fighting that are the international norms," he added. "But we shouldn't impose additional requirements.

"We'd don't have to worry about the civil liberties of an ISIS sympathizer," Bush said.

"We're at war and we should treat it accordingly."

Bush also said in his exclusive Newsmax interview that:
  • His welfare-reform program would "liberalize" states to create programs that would cut fraud and waste, focusing on "making sure that people can rise out of poverty.
  • His new campaign ad shows that Donald Trump is "not a conservative" — and that Bush is squarely taking on the front-runner because "I don't want my party hijacked."

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