George HW Bush Openly Criticizes Trump in New Book

"I don't like him", Bush, 93, says in the book, according to a review by The New York Times. I don't know much about him, but I know he's a blowhard.

"I don't like him".

Trump repeatedly blasted the second Bush administration's decision to invade Iraq during the 2016 primaries, as he was running against George W.'s younger brother, and George H.W.'s son, Jeb.

But the book, entitled The Last Republicans and written by historian Mark Updegrove, also explores how both men feel about the US President.

The White House responded after quotes from the book were published on Saturday, entering an extraordinary war of words involving three presidents from the same party.

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 elder Bush was blunt in his critique of then-candidate Trump.

George W Bush, however, said he simply left his presidential ballot blank.

Last month George W Bush gave a speech in NY that appeared to be a sweeping, yet thinly veiled critique of the Trump administration, its policies, and the President's blunt style. A representative said his comments weren't meant to criticize Trump. "But if you look at his values and those shared by his father and Ronald Reagan, they are very much in contrast to the values of the Republican Party today, in particular the platform that Donald Trump ran on, which is essentially protectionism and a certain xenophobia". "Trump represents the outsider, and the Bush family are quintessential insiders".

"I understand his frustration, because at the time there was the perception that Dick Cheney was the acting president", Updegrove told CNN.

Former Presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush make the play ball announcement before Game 5 of baseball's World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers Sunday, Oct. 29, 2017, in Houston.

"We should have never been in Iraq", Trump continued. But, she wrote, if voters "were interested in continuing decades of costly mistakes, another establishment politician more concerned with putting politics over people would have won".

As the details of the book were made public, the White House obviously didn't stay quiet and reacted strongly to the comments.

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