Trump says Bush 'didn't have the smarts' for international relations

President Trump on Wednesday seemingly suggested that former President George W. Bush lacked the intelligence necessary to successfully navigate international relations.

“Getting along with Russia (and others) is a good thing, not a bad thing. They can help solve problems with North Korea, Syria, Ukraine, ISIS, Iran and even the coming Arms Race,” Trump tweeted, in part. “Bush tried to get along, but didn’t have the ‘smarts.’” 

This was not Trump’s first disparaging remark about Bush’s intellectual prowess.

In March, he reportedly said sarcastically and in regard to the invasion of Iraq, “That was Bush. Another real genius. That was Bush.”

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George W. Bush's scandalous nicknames for world leaders and other politicians
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George W. Bush's scandalous nicknames for world leaders and other politicians

"Bama" and "Rock" — Barack Obama, Bush's successor as President.

Source: Late Night With Conan O'Brien

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"Pootie Poot" and "Ostrich Legs" — Vladimir Putin, President of Russia since 2000.

Source: BBC

AFP PHOTO/Jim WATSON

"Bushie" — mutual nickname with Laura Bush, Bush's wife and former First Lady of the United States.

Source: Laura Bush: America's First Lady

REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque GMH

"Poppy, 41, Old Man" — George H. W. Bush, Bush's father and 41st President of the United States.

Source: CNN

REUTERS/Mike Stone (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS)

"Big Time", "Vice" — Dick Cheney, Bush's Vice President.

Source: New York Magazine

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"Condi", "Guru" — Condoleezza Rice, Bush's Secretary of State

Source: New York Magazine

REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque (UNITED STATES)

"Hogan" — John McCain, Arizona senator and one-time Republican presidential nominee.

Source: New York Magazine

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"Boner" — John Boehner, who served as chair of the House of Education committee and, later, House Majority leader during Bush's time in the White House.

Source: Rolling Stone

AFP PHOTO/Mandel NGAN

"Landslide" — Tony Blair, the Prime Minister of the UK form 1997 to 2007.

Source: New York Magazine

(Photo by Charlie Bibby/Financial Times Pool via Getty Images)

"Shoes" — Silvio Berlusconi, the Prime Minister of Italy between 2001 and 2011 (with a brief gap).

Source: TIME

(Photo by Ron Sachs-Pool/Getty Images)

"Conan the Republican" — Arnold Schwarzenegger, former California governor and movie star.

Source: MSNBC

AFP PHOTO/SAUL LOEB 

"Big Boy" — Chris Christie, the scandal-ridden governor of New Jersey.

Source: The Daily Caller

Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images

"Ellis" — Chuck Schumer, longtime New York senator and current Minority Leader.

Source: NewYorkMetro.com

REUTERS/Carlos Barria

"The Cobra" — Maureen Dowd, esteemed New York Times columnist.

Source: New York Magazine

(Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images for Meet the Press)

"Boy Genius, Turd Blossom, the Architect" — Karl Rove, Bush's senior adviser.

Source: New York Magazine

(Photo credit should read PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)

"Tiny" — Richard Armitage, Bush's Deputy Secretary of State.

Source: PBS

(Photo by Chris Kleponis/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

"Brother George" — George Tenet, former CIA director.

Source: About.com

(Photo David Hume Kennerly/Getty Images)

"The World's Greatest Hero" — Colin Powell, Bush's Secretary of State.

Source: New Statesman

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"Ari-Bob" — Ari Fleischer, White House Press Secretary during the Bush era.

Source: Jewish Journal

REUTERS/William Philpott WP

"Ali & Frazier" Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein, Democratic Senators from California. Boxer was Ali and Feinstein was Frazier.

Source: New York Magazine

REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS)

"Rummy" — Donald Rumsfeld, Bush's Secretary of Defense.

Source: About.com

(Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

"Stretch/Little Stretch" — David Gregory, famous NBC journalist.

Source: Snopes

(Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images)

"Freddy Boy, Freddo" — Fred Upton, Republican congressman from Michigan.

Source: CNN

(Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

"Panchito" — Frank Bruni, New York Times reporter who covered Bush's 2000 campaign.

Source: The Nation

(Photo by: Scott Mlyn/CNBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

"Barty, Bart, Danny Boy, Captain Dan, Dan the Man" — Dan Bartlett, Bush's Deputy Chief of Staff.

Source: The Washington Post

(Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

"Pedro" — Peter King, Republican senator from New York

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Notably, Bush does not appear to hold Trump in high regard, either. 

“Bigotry seems emboldened. Our politics seems more vulnerable to conspiracy theories and outright fabrication,” Bush said at a speech in October. “We have seen our discourse degraded by casual cruelty.”

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