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Bush Sr and Jr openly condemn Donald Trump

Bush Sr called Donald Trump a “blowhard”, while Bush Jr said that he “doesn’t know what it means to be president”.

world Updated: Nov 04, 2017 22:06 IST
Yashwant Raj
Yashwant Raj
Hindustan Times, Washington
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US President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump board Air Force One on November 3, 2017.(Reuters)

George Bush Sr and Jr, two former US presidents, have never liked Donald Trump, and now they have gone on record with their blunt assessment of him, calling him a “blowhard” who doesn’t know what it means to be the president of the country.

“I don’t like him. I don’t know much about him, but I know he’s a blowhard,” former President George HW Bush told historian Mark Updegrove for his upcoming book The Last Republicans, according to CNN. “And I’m not too excited about him being a leader.”

The interview took place in May 2016, while Trump was steamrolling his way through a packed field of Republican presidential hopefuls to the nomination. He had just defeated Jeb Bush — the former president’s son.

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.”

Father and son had gone on to declare they would not vote their own party’s presidential nominee. Bush Sr actually voted for Trump’s Democratic rival Hillary Clinton, while the younger Bush left the space blank on the ballot.

Bush Jr had launched a blistering attack on Trump last month, without naming him. “We’ve seen nationalism distorted into nativism, forgotten the dynamism that immigration has always brought to America,” he said in a speech.

“We’ve seen the return of isolationist sentiments, forgetting that American security is directly threatened by the chaos and despair of distant places.”

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.

Barack Obama, who has been more directly under fire from Trump, had recently hit back by speaking of the return of “politics of division that we have seen so many times before that dates back centuries”.

Trump had recently had nice things to say about another former president, Jimmy Carter, whom he once called worst president in US history. 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 … Mr President”.

First Published: Nov 04, 2017 22:06 IST