Former President George W. Bush, in a Monday interview with "Today," criticized President Trump's immigration policy and his attacks on the media.
The Bush family has broken with Trump in the past despite all being Republicans. George's father, George H.W. Bush, said he voted for Hillary Clinton. George said he voted for "none of the above" for president.
In the Monday interview, Bush insisted the terrorists Trump's travel ban was intended to target are "not religious people."
Bush also chided Trump for his attacks on the media, which he has repeatedly called "fake" in recent weeks.
"It's kind of hard to tell others to have an independent, free press when we're not willing to have one ourselves," Bush said, adding that one of his objectives in office was convincing Russian President Vladimir Putin of the need of a free press.
"Power can be very addictive and it can be corrosive and it's important for the media to hold people to account," George W. Bush on NBC.— Philip Rucker (@PhilipRucker) February 27, 2017
Bush warned that power could be "corrosive," and the media was needed to keep people in check.
I am for an immigration policy that's welcoming and upholds the law.
When asked if he supported Trump's travel ban, Bush did not answer directly but seemed to criticize the ban.
Here's a clip of Bush's interview.
But some conservatives mocked Bush for being too soft on Obama by comparison.
Other observers called his comments "epic."
George W. Bush truly seems to be enjoying his "no longer the worst president since WW2" media tour.— John Fugelsang (@JohnFugelsang) February 27, 2017
Still others argued his popularity was only surging in light of Trump.
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