During the presidential election, former president George W. Bush regularly spoke out against Donald Trump. Bush has stayed silent since Trump’s win on Election Day, not saying what he thinks about his victory: until now.
This week, Bush spoke out to warn Trump about letting anger dictate policy, especially when it comes to trade.
“I understand anger, and some people might have been angry when I was president, but anger shouldn’t drive policy,” Bush said. “What should drive policy is what’s best for the people who are angry and how does it benefit people in our country and people in our neighborhood.”
Bush began his comments by saying that he does not “think it’s helpful for a former president to criticize successors.” He then pushed back against Trump’s frequent campaign argument that trade deals have been bad for the U.S. economy, sending jobs overseas and shrinking wages.
Bush said that during Trump’s presidency, he should “recognize that trade encourages growth and fair trade is important for the workers of our respective countries.”
Former President Bush doesn’t seem to realize that Trump will likely bring about great change to our economy for the better. Trump is trying to make a real difference in the U.S., and Bush should allow him to do that.
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