Report: George H.W. Bush calls Trump a 'blowhard,' White House fires back
(WASHINGTON) - While most former White House occupants stay silent about their successors, the 41st and 43rd presidents revealed their thoughts about President Donald Trump during interviews for the new book, "The Last Republicans: Inside the Extraordinary Relationship Between George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush," by historian Mark Updegrove.
In the book, scheduled to be released next week, both former presidents criticized Donald Trump, with the now-93-year-old Bush Sr. calling him "a blowhard."
In an interview with CNN, Updegrove explained that both presidents were concerned about the changes Trump was bringing to the Republican Party. The author recounted a private conversation he had with George W. Bush in 2016, where the ex-president said, "I fear that I will be the last Republican president."
Bush Jr. was not only afraid of the Democratic Party, Updegrove explained, "It was because Donald Trump represented everything that the Bushes abhorred."
The elder Bush's words were perhaps the harshest. In the book, Bush Sr. told Updegrove in May 2016, "I don't like him. I don't know much about him, but I know he's a blowhard. And I'm not too excited about him being a leader."
The Trump White House responded on Saturday, attacking the Bushes' legacy, saying, "If one Presidential candidate can disassemble a political party, it speaks volumes about how strong a legacy its past two presidents really had." The White House statement, obtained by CNN, goes on to attack the Bushes' foreign policy, calling the Iraq war "one of the greatest foreign policy mistakes in American history."
Until now, both presidents have been restrained in their public comments about their GOP successor. In October, Bush Jr. vaguely attacked the Trump political brand during a New York City conference hosted by the George W. Bush Institute.
Donald Trump, who often confronts his disapprovers directly via social media, has not responded to the book. Trump is currently beginning the first leg of a 12-day trip to Asia.