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

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

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

According to a new book that takes a look at the presidencies of both George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush, neither ex-President has much to good to say about the current occupant of the White House, reports the New York Times.

The younger Bush had earlier described Donald Trump's inauguration speech in March as "some weird s**t".

But Trump, who has made more than 1,300 false or misleading claims in less than a year and nearly constantly insults his many rivals, did win the presidency.

"I don't like him", Bush says of Trump in the book, which will be released later this month.

George W. Bush told Updegrove that he was surprised Trump won the nomination and presidency.

"I don't like him".

Mark Updegrove, the author of the book, talked to both Bushes on the record and they made it clear past year they were none too happy about the former reality television star becoming president. But, in fact, George W. Bush had had a lifetime of making bold decisions.

It is rare in the modern political era to see former presidents to openly criticize their successors. It also highlights ideological divisions within the Republican Party. He had just defeated Jeb Bush - the former president's son. "Trump represents the outsider, and the Bush family are quintessential insiders". However, unlike his father, George W. Bush did not vote for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election and instead left the top of his ticket blank.

The Bushes have despised Trump for decades, Brinkley said, citing reports that the elder Bush snubbed Trump as his running mate in the 1992 election. His son has been mostly measured in his public comments of Trump.

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".

"I voted "None of the Above" for president", the younger Bush told the author, according to his book. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told NBC News.