“I understand that Americans are angry and frustrated. But we do not need someone in the Oval Office who mirrors and inflames our anger and frustration,” said former President George W Bush.
According to a spokesman for the 91-year-old Republican, neither George H W Bush or George W Bush will be endorsing Donald Trump on his campaign. This marks a first for the two former presidents, as both have previously supported Republican candidates in the last five elections.
“The strongest person usually isn’t the loudest one in the room,” said George W Bush.
Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, who had been eager to follow in his father and brother’s footsteps, received campaign support from both brothers early this year, before withdrawing from the race in late February.
Trump has been known to attack former presidents and potential candidates, specifically calling out Jeb while he was still running, and blaming President Bush for 9/11 and commanding the United States to war into Iraq.
“At age 91, President Bush is retired from politics. He came out of retirement to do a few things for Jeb, but those were the exceptions that proved the rule,” said former White House spokesman Jim McGrath.
His son shares similar feelings toward this year’s election.
“President Bush does not plan to participate in or comment on the presidential campaign,” said Bush’s personal aid Freddy Ford.
Ted Cruz and John Kasich, who were the remaining opponents in the Republican party, both decided to put an end to their campaigns, leaving Trump as the GOP’s presumptive nominee.
“I want our next president – whoever he or she might be – to be somebody who is interested in women in Afghanistan and who will continue U.S. policies,” said former First Lady Laura Bush at New York’s seventh annual Women in the World Summit.