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

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

In 2016 George W. Bush lamented privately that he might be "the last Republican president". "And I'm not too excited about him being a leader".

Bush Sr., who voted for Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election, thought Trump seemed to have "a certain ego" but initially had hopes that he could unite the country if he possessed a sense of "humility".

George Bush Sr and Jr, two former United States 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.

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"When Trump started to rise, I think he became concerned because he saw this populism of Donald Trump getting in the way of America's position in the world", Updegrove told CNN.

After Trump said, "I'm my own advisor", Bush quipped: "Wow, this guy really doesn't understand the job of president". It also highlights ideological divisions within the Republican Party.

"The Last Republicans", published by HarperCollins, will be out November 14. The two men, who served in the White House for a combined 20 years, revealed their assessment of the new commander-in-chief and the state of the Republican Party under his leadership in a new book.

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In "The Last Republicans", Mark K. Updegrove chronicles an era that feels nearly dated in today's reality-show politics, when the Republican establishment controlled the party and Washington, and when a single family could occupy the presidency and vice presidency for a combined 20 years. He indicated that a president should not "exploit the anger, incite it" but rather "come up with ideas to deal with it".

But in The Last Republicans, a new book from historian Mark Updegrove about the father and son, they unleash their Trump trash-talking, as shown in book previews from CNN and the New York Times.

The book is described by its publisher Harper Collins as a work that "tracks the two Bush presidents from their formative years through their post-presidencies and the failed presidential candidacy of Jeb Bush, derailing the Bush presidential dynasty".

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Speaking to the George W Bush Institute, he said: "Bigotry seems emboldened. And so, this notion that Cheney was making the decisions is ludicrous".

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