A new report reveals how Trump fired back at Barbara Bush’s criticism from her memoirs.
The Daily Caller reported that Bush told biographer Susan Page before her death that she did not like Trump going all the way back to the 1990s when she wrote in her diary, “Trump now means greed, selfishness and ugly. So sad.” Bush elaborated that because of Trump’s takeover of the Republican party that she would no longer say she is a Republican.
Bush also kept a countdown clock by her bedside, which was marked to the end of Trump’s first term in office, and blamed him for a heart attack that she suffered before she died. Bush died in April 2018 and was given a full state funeral. Her husband, former President George H.W. Bush, passed away in November 2018.
The Washington Times reported that President Trump responded to the report, saying, “I have heard that she was nasty to me, but she should be. Look what I did to her sons.”
I'll never understand the Bush family hatred of Trump. He's running the country more like they would have than Clinton or Obama. Yet, Jeb thinks this very successful president should be primaried by a republican and now this from "Barbara Bush" — help me get it please.
— Joe Pags Pagliarulo (@JoeTalkShow) March 27, 2019
President Donald Trump responded to former first lady Barbara Bush’s negative opinion of him, detailed in a newly released book about the late matriarch of the Bush family, saying her criticism was because of what he’d done to her sons.
“I have heard that she was nasty to me, but she should be. Look what I did to her sons,” Trump told the Washington Times in an exclusive interview published Thursday.
Bush, wife to one president and mother of another president, died in late April at age 92 and her husband, former President George H.W. Bush, died just months later in November. Trump was not invited to attend either funeral.
In 2016, her second son, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, mounted a run for the Republican presidential nomination and was nicknamed him “low energy Jeb” by Trump. Trump also frequently criticized her eldest son on the campaign trail, former President George W. Bush.
Bush’s feelings for Trump, as revealed in “The Matriarch: Barbara Bush and the Making of a Dynasty,” by Susan Page, showed that Bush disliked Trump well before the 2016 election, though they deepened during the race.
“Trump now means greed, selfishness and ugly. So sad,” Bush wrote about Trump back in 1990, according to the book, which was written based on the former first lady’s diaries.
Bush also said Trump’s politics caused her angst to the point of heart troubles, according to the book, and pushed her away from Republican party, which she refrained from embracing in her last months of life. She reportedly kept a red, white and blue clock on her bedside table that counted down the days left in Trump’s presidency.