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FILE-- In a Jan. 25, 2007 file photo President George W. Bush waves as he departs the White House in Washington for a trip to Missouri to speak on healthcare.  The eight-year Bush presidency has merited no more than a fleeting reference in the current GOP contest for the presidential nomination,   (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds/file)

George W. Bush criticized Trump's travel ban and attacks on the media

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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.

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.
George W. Bush

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."

Still others argued his popularity was only surging in light of Trump.

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