"And I'm not too excited about him being a leader", said George Bush Sr, who was president between 1989 and 1993. "I don't know much about him, but I know he's a blowhard", said Bush, now 93. 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 ..."
A groundbreaking look at the lives of George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush, the most consequential father-son pair in American history, often in their own words.
Updegrove, which will be released later this month, was previewed by The New York Times and CNN on Friday and revealed the former presidents' criticism of Trump, including George W. Bush's fear that he will be "the last Republican president" despite Trump's political affiliation.
In "The Last Republicans", Mark K. Updegrove chronicles an era that feels nearly dated in today's reality-show politics, when the Republican establishment controlled the party and Washington, and when a single family could occupy the presidency and vice presidency for a combined 20 years. The Bushes felt stung by Trump's ground-burning attacks that helped destroy the campaign of Jeb Bush, the son and brother of the presidents.
Both men went on the record to give Updegrove their candid assessments of Trump, as well as their thoughts on the 2016 presidential election, CNN reported. I always liked him, but I didn't like him so much for a while because I thought he hurt George.
George H.W. Bush confirmed that he voted for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. They "didn't make one fucking decision", Bush said. "It was because Donald Trump represented everything that the Bushes abhorred".
"I voted "None of the Above" for president, and Republican down ballot in 2016", he said of choosing not to support Mr Trump. But George W. Bush's parents were clearly disturbed by the influence of Vice President Dick Cheney and neoconservative advisers.
Updegrove said the title of the book came from a conversation he had with the junior Bush in which he said, "I'm anxious that I will be the last Republican president".
"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".