Bush Sr and Jr openly condemn Donald Trump

George HW Bush on Trump: He's a 'blowhard'

Before Donald Trump won the presidency, former President George W. Bush reportedly said in private: "I'm anxious that I will be the last Republican president".

George H.W. Bush also reportedly called Trump a "blowhard".

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The younger Bush stated that he believes Trump came into office with no idea what he was getting himself into and said his tactics are destroying the Republican Party. "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. "George Bush grew up thinking about the greater good".

The book's author, Mark Updegrove, interviewed the Bushes past year - long before Trump's inauguration - and found neither wanted to see what they described as a coarse, populist campaigner become president.

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Discussing Trump, the elder Bush was blunt in his assessment, saying, "I don't like him". The quote became the inspiration for the book's title. Donald Trump's election marked the end not only to the Bushes' hold on the White House, but of a rejection of the Republican principles of civility and worldwide engagement and leadership that the Bushes have long championed. But now, their disdain for the 45th president has been made very clear. At one point, Bush said: "We need to recall and recover our own identity". "Donald Trump is everything that the Bush family is not", Updegrove told CNN. "That Cheney was sort of a Machiavellian puppet master". After Carter said Trump was being given a hard time by the media, the latter thanked him by tweeting his thanks for the "nice remarks ... And so, this notion that Cheney was making the decisions is ludicrous".

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