06 November, 2017
The White House on Saturday disparaged the legacies of the only two living Republican presidents to precede Donald Trump, after reports that both men castigated Trump in interviews a year ago and refused to vote for him. "And I'm not too excited about him being a leader". "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 wrote in a statement to CNN. "I don't know much about him, but I know he's a blowhard". "And that begins with the Iraq war, one of the greatest foreign policy mistakes in American history".
He also told the author of the book, Mark Updegrove, that he felt Mr Trump ran for the presidency because he had "a certain ego", in remarks reported by United States media outlets including CNN and the New York Times. I don't know much about him, but I know he's a blowhard. During Trump's campaign, Bush said he felt Trump had "a certain ego" and felt he'd need to have "humility" in order to unite the country. Our politics seems more vulnerable to conspiracy theories and outright fabrication.
"I voted "None of the Above" for president, and Republican down ballot in 2016", he said of choosing not to support Mr Trump.More news: Buffon to retire unless Juventus win Champions League
But "this is all different with Donald Trump", said presidential historian Douglas Brinkley. "Trump represents the outsider, and the Bush family are quintessential insiders".
The book's title, Mr Updegrove told CNN, came from a remark made by George W Bush during the presidential election.
"We should have never been in Iraq", Trump continued. George HW Bush said he voted for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, while his son told Mr Updegrove he did not vote for anyone.
As the previous Republican president before Barack Obama took office, he told the author: "You know, I fear that I will be the last Republican president".