President Trump said he understands why former First Lady Barbara Bush, who died last April, has sharply criticized him in a newly released biography after openly mocking her sons during his 2016 presidential campaign.
She was angry with me, but she should be. See what I did to her sons, "Trump told the Washington Times in an exclusive interview with the Oval Office.
" I've heard that she was angry with me, but she should be, see what I made with their sons. "
Trump's comments were a response to Bush's characterization of him in the biography" The Matriarch: Barbara Bush and the emergence of a dynasty. "Bush called Trump a symbol of Greed, "according to the author of the book" Susan Page ".
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Bush's distaste for Trump dates back at least to the 1
"Trump now means greed, selfishness, and ugliness. So sad, "she wrote in her diary at the time.
" Trump now means greed, selfishness, and ugliness. So sad.
Her views on the real estate mogul became clearer after Trump publicly ridiculed two of her sons – former President George W. Bush for his decision to invade Iraq. and former Florida governor Jeb Bush, who competed against Trump in the 2016 Republican primaries. Trump has Jeb Bush the name "low energy" announced.
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"Look, she's the mother of someone I was fighting," Trump said. "Most people thought he [Jeb Bush] would win, and he was quick out."
Jeb Bush broke the race after a disappointing appearance in South Carolina.
"I hit him very hard in South Carolina." Trump told the newspaper. He was supposed to win South Carolina and I won it in a landslide. I hit him so hard. "[Remember] [Jeb Bush] South Carolina should win, and I won it in a landslide
– President Trump
Bush was reportedly responsible for Trump's deteriorating health.
"Barbara Bush blamed Donald Trump for her heart attack," Page wrote, according to Hill  ] CLICK HERE TO OBTAIN THE FOX NEWS APP
"It was not a technical heart attack, even though she called it that," the book says. "It was a crisis in her long battle with heart failure and chronic lung disease, which one day hit them like a sledgehammer in June 2016, "when Trump secured the Republican nomination.
The day after the 2016 presidential election, Bush spotted Trump to my horror," it says in the book.