When did George Bush become the voice of reason??
Former President George W. Bush gave a rare interview Monday morning to Matt Lauer on the Today show. Bush was promoting his new book Portraits of Courage: A Commander in Chief’s Tribute to America’s Warriors.
But he also had a lot to say about the current state of affairs in this country under Trump.
Donald Trump continues to call the press “the enemy of the American people.” But clearly Bush does not agree.
Bush told Lauer,
“It’s kind of hard to tell others to have an independent, free press when we’re not willing to have one ourselves.”
And in a direct shot at the Trump administration, Bush added,
“Power can be very addictive and it can be corrosive, and it’s important for the media to call to account people who abuse their power.”
Lauer also asked Bush about Trump’s ties to Russia and reports that his campaign repeatedly had contact with Russian officials before the election.
“I think we all need answers… I’m not sure the right avenue to take. I am sure, though, that that question needs to be answered.”
It’s highly unusual for a former President to publicly criticize a sitting President. But perhaps in the case of Obama, and now Bush, love of country takes precedence over protocol.