Trump knocks Bush for turning to 'mommy'

Story highlights

  • Trump tweets at Bush, "Just watched Jeb's ad where he desperately needed mommy to help him. Jeb --- mom can't help you with ISIS, the Chinese or with Putin"
  • Bush tweets back, "I'd be careful Donald" with an embedded photo of the former first lady wearing football gear with eye block painted across her cheeks.

Washington (CNN)Donald Trump is now taunting Jeb Bush for turning to his "mommy" to help save his floundering campaign -- but the former Florida governor says his mother, former First Lady Barbara Bush, is ready to rumble.

Friday night, Trump tweeted at Bush, "Just watched Jeb's ad where he desperately needed mommy to help him. Jeb --- mom can't help you with ISIS, the Chinese or with Putin"
Trump is referring to a new video by the Bush campaign where his mother takes a more visible role in his campaign. In the video, she takes what could be interpreted as a dig at Trump about his policies and how Trump says "how popular they are."
"When push comes to shove, people are going to realize Jeb has real solutions. Rather than talking about how popular they are, how great they are, he's doing it because he sees a huge need and it's not being filled by anybody," she said in the video. "Of all the people running, he seems to be the one who can solve the problems. I think he'll be a great president."
Bush responded to Trump's tweet later Friday, writing, "I'd be careful Donald" with an embedded photo of the former first lady wearing football gear with eye block painted across her cheeks.
The photo is an actual screengrab from a promotional video Barbara did with Houston Texans' defensive end J.J. Watts in 2014 about "tackling" literacy problems in Houston.
On Saturday, Trump continued to hit back at Bush at a campaign event in Sioux Center, Iowa, saying that Bush is "weak" and "pathetic," referencing Bush's ad with his mother.
"I don't think he's a smart person, honestly," Trump said.