In an appearance on NBC’s “Today” show, former President George W. Bush took some shots at U.S. President Donald Trump over many things, including his so-called Muslim ban and his attacks on the media.
Bush was on the show to promote his new book, “Portraits of Courage: A Commander in Chief’s Tribute to America’s Warriors,” when anchor Matt Lauer asked him about President Trump. Specifically, Lauer asked how the former President felt about Trump’s claim that the press was an “enemy of the people”
Bush countered Trump’s view, saying,
“I consider the media to be indispensable to democracy. We need an independent media to hold people like me to account. Power can be very addictive and it can be corrosive, and it’s important for the media to call to account people who abuse their power.”
He also said that he tried to convey the importance of a free press to Russian President Vladimir Putin and also said that American credibility is a key element to being able to foster democracy in other parts of the world.
“It’s kind of hard to tell others to have an independent free press when we’re not willing to have one ourselves.”
Bush emphasized his opinion that Americans deserved answers in reference to the Trump campaign’s alleged ties to Russia. However, he did not call for a special prosecutor for the investigation, saying, “I’ve never been a lawyer, so I’m not sure if that’s the right avenue to take, but I am sure that that question needs to be answered.”
Lauer then pressed the former President about Trump’s Muslim travel ban and if he believed that it was well thought out.
“A bedrock of our freedom is the right to worship freely… I am for an immigration policy that’s welcoming and that upholds the law.”
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