George HW Bush on Trump: 'I Don't Like Him'

Saul Bowman
November 6, 2017

Bush and his father, George HW Bush, shared their thoughts on Mr Trump as part of a new book about the two former Presidents. "And I'm not too excited about him being a leader", Bush senior told Updegrove in May 2016. I don't know much about him, but I know he's a blowhard.

Bush Sr. famously skipped Trump's inauguration, citing a health reason and admitted that he voted for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, a Democrat, in the 2016 presidential election.

The historian told the network that when Trump claimed he was his own adviser, George W Bush had said, "Wow, this guy doesn't know what it means to be president".

The book's author, Mark Updegrove, interviewed the Bushes past year - long before Trump's inauguration - and found neither wanted to see what they described as a coarse, populist campaigner become president.

Criticism between the Bush family and President Trump has gone both ways.

Updegrove said the title of the book came from a conversation he had with the junior Bush in which he said, "I'm anxious that I will be the last Republican president".

As he watched Trump's campaign, the younger Bush feared he - Bush - would "be the last Republican president", said the author, who founded the National Medal of Honor Museum this year, after several years as director of the Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library and Museum. The White House went on to call Bush's decision to invade Iraq, "one of the greatest foreign policy mistakes in American history". But under Updegrove's analysis of their values and those of past Republican presidents compared to Trump's exhibition of Republicanism, the title still stands.

Trump, who doesn't like them either and shares a complicated relationship with all the living former presidents, will have something to say about it soon enough, given how he prides in his ability to counter-punch. His son has been mostly measured in his public comments of Trump.

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