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    Donald Trump's success can be explained by President Barack Obama's failed policies, Jeb Bush said.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The failed policies of President Barack Obama are the reason why so many Americans support Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump, his rival Jeb Bush said during an interview with a US media outlet published on Thursday.

    "I would argue that Donald Trump is in fact a creature of Barack Obama," Bush, a former Florida governor, told National Public Radio (NPR). "But for Barack Obama, Donald Trump's effect would not be nearly as strong as it is."

    Bush offered the comments after Trump made controversial proposals to establish a registry of Muslims and to temporarily ban Muslims from entering the United States.

    "Clearly banning all Muslims would actually be so counterproductive in our efforts to destroy ISIS [Daesh] that it's foolhardy," Bush told NPR, adding that the job of a president was not to scare people, but to "give them solutions."

    Recent opinion polls show Trump continuing to lead the Republican presidential field among likely primary voters by 20 points while Bush’s support stays very low between 3 to 5 percent.

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