George W. Bush reportedly sounds off on Trump: 'Sorta makes me look pretty good'

Former President George W. Bush is reportedly pleased by at least one element of the Donald Trump presidency: It’s making him look better. 

While Bush doesn’t often address Trump or his policies directly, he does have a zinger he likes to deliver when the issue comes up. Tom DeFrank, a contributing editor for The National Journal, reported: 

“Without chiming in with the Trump critics, Bush is often heard to remark, unable to stifle his trademark smirk: ‘Sorta makes me look pretty good, doesn’t it?’” 

The relationship between Trump and the Bush family hasn’t been a warm one. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush was widely considered the frontrunner for the 2016 GOP nomination until he was steamrolled by Trump, who famously dismissed him as “low energy.” 

Neither Jeb nor George ― nor their father, former President George H.W. Bush ― attended the 2016 Republican National Convention, in which Trump was nominated. None of the three Bushes voted for Trump either. 

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Former President George W. Bush arrives for the 58th U.S. Presidential Inauguration where Donald Trump will be sworn in as the 45th President of the United States of America in Washington, USA on January 20, 2017.

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Former first lady Rosalynn Carter, Former U.S. President Bill Clinton, former first lady Hillary Clinton, and former President George W. Bush attend the inauguration of U.S. President-elect Donald Trump on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol on January 20, 2017 in Washington, DC. In today's inauguration ceremony Donald J. Trump becomes the 45th president of the United States.

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Former President George W. Bush keeps covered under the rain during the inauguration ceremonies swearing in Donald Trump as the 45th president of the United States on the West front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S., January 20, 2017.

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Former U.S. President George W. Bush embraces Supreme Court Associate Justice Clarance Thomas during the inauguration of U.S. President-elect Donald Trump on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol on January 20, 2017 in Washington, DC. In today's inauguration ceremony Donald J. Trump becomes the 45th president of the United States.

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Former Presidents Jimmy Carter (R) speaks hands with George W. Bush, as former Vice President Dan Quayle looks on, at the West Front of the U.S. Capitol on January 20, 2017 in Washington, DC. In today's inauguration ceremony Donald J. Trump becomes the 45th president of the United States.

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Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and former President George W. Bush attend Donald Trump Inauguration on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol on January 20, 2017 in Washington, DC. In today's inauguration ceremony Donald J. Trump becomes the 45th president of the United States.

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Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and former President George W. Bush greet Michele Obama and Jill Biden at the West Front of the U.S. Capitol on January 20, 2017 in Washington, DC. In today's inauguration ceremony Donald J. Trump becomes the 45th president of the United States.

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Former George W. Bush and his wife Laura Bush depart after inauguration ceremonies at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, on January 20, 2017.

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President Obama greets President-elect Donald Trump as former president Bill Clinton, his wife Hillary, and former President George W Bush and his wife Laura look on at the inauguration ceremonies swearing in Donald Trump as the 45th president of the United States on the West front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S., January 20, 2017.

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George and Laura Bush attend the inauguration ceremonies to swear in Donald Trump as the 45th president of the United States at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S., January 20, 2017.

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Former US President of the United States George W. Bush and his wife Laura Bush arrive at the Capitol Building before President-elect Donald Trump is sworn in at the 58th Presidential Inauguration on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., U.S., January 20, 2017.

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Hillary Clinton and former U.S. President George W. Bush talk before the inauguration of Donald Trump as 45th president of the United States in Washington, DC, U.S., January 20, 2017.

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Former President George W. Bush, former first Lady Laura Bush, left, and Secretary Hillary Clinton, right are seen on the West Front of the Capitol before President Donald J. Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States, January 20, 2017. Former Vice President Dick Cheney, left, and his wife Lynne, also appear.

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Over the weekend, Trump reportedly called George W. Bush’s decision to invade Iraq in 2003 “the single worst decision ever made.” However, last week he also endorsed George P. Bush ― one of Jeb’s three children ― for reelection as Texas land commissioner, calling him “Trump’s Man in Texas.”

(h/t Raw Story)

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