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Jeb Bush calls Trump's first 200 days 'exhausting'

via @learyreports

Jeb Bush said in an interview Tuesday that President Trump's first 200 days have been "exhausting" and again faulted the president for his Twitter habits.

Bush also reacted to immigration policy, saying he does not support the proposal to significantly limit legal immigration. At the same time, Bush said moving to a merit-based system is a good idea -- and one he's supported before.

"A merit-based system would be helpful for our country," Bush said in the Univision interview, "but I think we ought to take full advantage of it and not just restrict the number of legal immigrants coming in."

Bush's position is similar to Sen. Marco Rubio, who has said the Trump-backed proposal has no chance of passing Congress. On DACA, Bush said President Obama didn't have authority to offer protection to young immigrants but there is broad public support for doing so. The issue, he said, should be "dealt with in the proper channels, through Congress."

Asked to grade Trump's performance at 200 days, Bush said: 

"It's exhausting. I mean it's an incomplete grade in the sense that not much has been done. But it feels like the whole world has been turned upside down. He's created controversy where there is no need for it. He should lead. All of this tweeting and the pushing down people to make himself look better is not helping ... I hope and pray for him and his family and I pray for my country and I hope that he assumes the mantle of leadership that he has not yet done.”

--ALEX LEARY, Tampa Bay Times