“I like Jeb; he’s a nice man,” the real estate mogul told Breitbart News today, which has been confirmed by ABC News. “But he should really set the example by speaking English while in the United States.”
The attack from Trump, 69, was prompted by Bush's comments at a town hall Tuesday in Miami. Bush had addressed -- in both English and Spanish -- questions from the media about his thoughts on Trump.
"I mean this is not a guy who’s a conservative and using his own words is not a mischaracterization, it came out of his own mouth," Bush, 62, said in Spanish, defending his campaign’s Web ad quoting the real estate mogul expressing Democratic positions in past years.
Trump and the former Florida governor, who speaks Spanish fluently, have been engaged in multiple attacks over the past several days.
Bush's campaign manager and director of communications immediately responded to Trump's interview with Tweets today condemning Trump's remarks.
“Trump would be better served remembering that the U.S. is a country with diverse people who speak many different languages,” he said. “We appreciate Jeb Bush’s ability and willingness to speak directly to a Hispanic audience in Spanish. It demonstrates his respect for that diversity and willingness to connect directly with the Latino community, something Trump refuses to do.”
One in five U.S. residents (more than 61.8 million people) speaks a foreign language at home, according to the Center for Immigration Studies.