Now that the presidential election of 2016 has reached its conclusion former President George W. Bush has broken his silence with thoughts as to how America should proceed. Bush was notably quiet about the entire Republican race, and said nothing which may have been due to him leaving office with one of the lowest approval ratings in history. This point was combined with Trump’s constant harping about the war in Iraq being a mistake, which was a cornerstone of Bush’s foreign policy. Any comments by Bush would have likely led to a disaster for the Republican party as Trump surely would not have bitten his tongue in responding to any criticism Bush laid at his feet.
Bush made a few small comments while he spoke at the George W. Bush Presidential Center about the elections. Bush said, “I understand anger, and some people might have been angry when I was president, but anger shouldn’t drive policy. What should drive policy is what’s best for the people who are angry.” The former president stopped himself from saying Trump’s name as he said he didn’t “think it’s helpful for a former president to criticize successors” but he then discussed American trade deals and it was quite obvious to whom he was referring when he said a president must “recognize that trade encourages growth and fair trade is important for the workers of our respective countries.”