President Donald Trump dismissed new criticism from former Presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush, saying he didn’t want to give them attention during his trip to Asia.
“I don’t need headlines,” he said. “I don’t want to make their move successful.”
The president made his remarks while speaking to reporters on his flight aboard Air Force One to Japan, but hinted that he might address their comments after he returned to the United States.
The Bush family commented extensively for a book called The Last Republicans, signaling their frustration with Trump.
Neither of the former Bush Presidents voted for Trump, and the elder Bush voted for Hillary Clinton.
“I don’t like him,” George H.W. Bush said about Trump. “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.”
George W. Bush lamented that Trump wasn’t demonstrating the same humility that his family had in office.
They both appeared sad that Jeb Bush failed to beat Trump.
“You can either exploit the anger, incite it, or you can come up with ideas to deal with it,” George W. Bush said.