George HW Bush Openly Criticizes Trump in New Book

Former presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush apparently had some harsh words for Donald Trump, according to a new book.

"I don't like him", George H.W. Bush told Updegrove before the election, according to the book. After Carter said Trump was being given a hard time by the media, the latter thanked him by tweeting his thanks for the "nice remarks ..."

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In 2016 George W. Bush lamented privately that he might be "the last Republican president".

Mark Updegrove, the author of the book, talked to both Bushes on the record and they made it clear previous year they were none too happy about the former reality television star becoming president.

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The White House on Saturday disparaged the legacies of the only two living Republican presidents to precede Donald Trump, after reports that both men castigated Trump in interviews a year ago and refused to vote for him. The White House went on to call Bush's decision to invade Iraq, "one of the greatest foreign policy mistakes in American history".

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". He criticized Trump for his lack of humility, which he said was a guiding force among the Bushes: "As you know from looking at my family, it is a certain heritage, that's what they expect, and we're not seeing that". 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.

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In a statement, Trump's press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders did not repeat the White House's direct attacks on the Bush legacies from earlier in the day.


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