Both Bush presidents worry Trump is blowing up the GOP

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Former Presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush have never been close to or openly amicable with President Donald Trump. "And I'm not too excited about him being a leader", he said, according to CNN's report. "Donald Trump is everything that the Bush family is not".

"I'm anxious that I will be the last Republican president", George W. Bush confided to to the author.

He also told the author of the book, Mark Updegrove, that he felt Mr Trump ran for the presidency because he had "a certain ego", in remarks reported by USA media outlets including CNN and the New York Times.

President Trump remains focused on keeping his promises to the American people by bringing back jobs, promoting an America First foreign policy and standing up for the forgotten men and women of our great county [sic]. "Donald Trump is everything that the Bush family is not", Updegrove told CNN's Jamie Gangel.

Updegrove said the title of the book came from a conversation he had with the junior Bush in which he said, "I'm anxious that I will be the last Republican president".

And both worry that Trump has blown up a Republican Party that they spent two lifetimes building, a party that was once committed to removing boundaries to trade and immigration, promoting democracy and civil society and asserting a robust US leadership role in the world.

"If one presidential candidate can disassemble a political party, it speaks volumes about how strong a legacy its past two presidents really had", a White House official told CNN.

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The pair's comments come from a new book, titled The Last Republicans.

As the previous Republican president before Barack Obama took office, he told the author: "You know, I fear that I will be the last Republican president".

Updegrove, the founding chief executive of the National Medal of Honor Museum and the former director of the Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library and Museum, came up with the book's title after a comment from the younger Bush during the 2016 election season.

"You can either exploit the anger, incite it", George W. Bush told Updegrove, "or you can come up with ideas to deal with it".

In this endearing, illuminating work, presidential historian Mark K. Updegrove tracks the two Bush presidents from their formative years through their post-presidencies and the failed presidential candidacy of Jeb Bush, derailing the Bush presidential dynasty.

Just last month, George W. Bush delivered a speech that seemed to call out so-called Trumpism - and the bigotry, conspiracy theories and "casual cruelty" associated with it. "And so, this notion that Cheney was making the decisions is ludicrous".

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