The New York Times is reporting that a new book reveals the very low esteem in which former President George H.W. Bush holds current President Donald Trump, breaking an unwritten code of conduct among former presidents, who despite political differences, rarely speak ill of one another.
Updegrove documents misgivings the two former GOP presidents have about President Donald Trump with H.W. Bush calling Trump a "blowhard".
"Inside the Extraordinary Relationship Between George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush", H.W. Bush told the author Mark Updegrove in 2016 that he doesn't like Trump.
"I don't like him", the elder Bush told Updegrove in May 2016, according to United States media outlets that received an advanced copy of the work. "And I'm not too excited about him being a leader", he said, according to CNN's report. Last year, neither voted for him - and that meant going against a party they both once led.
The book's title, Mr Updegrove told CNN, came from a remark made by George W Bush during the presidential election. He also added that the current White House resident is driven more by "a certain ego" than by civil service. He reportedly described Donald Trump's inauguration speech in March as "some weird s**t".
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The Last Republicans offers revealing and often moving portraits of the forty-first and forty-third presidents, as well as an elegy for the Republican "establishment", which once stood for putting the interests of the nation over those of any single man. "Interesting, won't last" was the reaction that George W. Bush had in those days, Mr Updegrove writes. "George Bush grew up thinking about the greater good".
"You can either exploit the anger, incite it, or you can come up with ideas to deal with it", the 43rd president said, explaining that Trump never had real solutions. I always liked him, but I didn't like him so much for a while because I thought he hurt George. Bush confided to the author, "I'm anxious that I will be the last Republican president".
They told Updegrove they felt that trait was especially challenging, or even lacking, for Trump. He had just defeated Jeb Bush - the former president's son.
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 wasn't that fond of him.
They "didn't make one fucking decision", he told Updegrove.