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    Republican U.S. presidential candidates former Governor Jeb Bush (L) and businessman Donald Trump (R) speak simultaneously about the war in Iraq and the record of Bush's brother, former President George W. Bush, as Senator Ted Cruz (C) looks on during the Republican U.S. presidential candidates debate sponsored by CBS News and the Republican National Committee in Greenville, South Carolina February 13, 2016.

    Trump, Bush Spar Over Russian Alliance in Syria

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    Billionaire Donald Trump and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush sparred late Saturday over whether Russia could be a US ally in the Syrian conflict settlement.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – Bush argued that Trump had brought up the idea of wanting to "accommodate" Russia, saying that "it is absolutely ludicrous to suggest that Russia could be a positive partner" in Syria.

    "Jeb is so wrong. Jeb is absolutely [wrong]," Trump said at the GOP debates in Greenville, South Carolina, broadcast by CBS.

    Addressing vocal opposition from the audience, Trump claimed "that’s Jeb’s special interests and lobbyists talking." He was met with applause by decrying $5 trillion spent on Mideast wars "because of thinking like that."

    Bush retorted by claiming that Russia "is not going to be an ally of the United States…They’re attacking troops that we’re supporting."

    Trump had previously expressed support for Russian President Vladimir Putin and welcomed Moscow’s role in anti-Islamic State efforts in Syria.


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