According to a recent report, former President George W. Bush has been joking about President Trump’s administration and how it makes his own former White House team look “pretty good.”
A Republican source close to Trump stated to the National Journal that the former president often speaks about the Trump administration and uses it as a punchline. According to the source, Bush is unable to understand why the White House frequently seems to be in disarray and chaos.
“That doesn’t mean he thinks Trump is doing well. He doesn’t,” the source stated, referring to Bush’s trend to refrain from criticizing Trump “frontally.”
“Bush is often heard to remark, unable to stifle his trademark smirk: ‘Sorta makes me look pretty good, doesn’t it?'” National Journal continued with the report.
“He’s shaking his head like everyone else wondering why they can’t get their act together,” the source added. “He wants the guy to succeed but thinks a lot of his problems are self-inflicted.”
While Bush has declined to criticize the Trump administration or the president himself, he has made some subtle moves to oppose Trump. Bush let it slip just after the election that he and his wife, Laura Bush, did not vote for Trump. He also allegedly remarked during Trump’s inauguration that it was “some weird shit.”
Bush’s father, former President George H.W. Bush, has not been as quiet as his son. He has been vocal about his criticisms of the current president, writing that he did not like Trump in a book published last year.
“I don’t like him,” George H.W. Bush says in the book. “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 White House press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, responded to the two Bushes by attacking their legacy.
“The American people voted to elect an outsider who is capable of implementing real, positive, and needed change — instead of a lifelong politician beholden to special interests,” she said in a statement. “If they were interested in continuing decades of costly mistakes, another establishment politician more concerned with putting politics over people would have won.”
Former President Barack Obama had also issued his own statement that seemingly was aimed at Trump. He stated, “one of the things that Michelle figured out, in some ways faster than I did, was part of your ability to lead the country doesn’t have to do with legislation, doesn’t have to do with regulations, it has to do with shaping attitudes, shaping culture, increasing awareness.”
H/T: The Hill