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George HW Bush calls Trump a ‘blow hard’ in new book

In 'The Last Republicans' George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush give on the record interview..



  • In 'The Last Republicans' George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush give on the record interviews of their views on politics in America
  • They both did not vote for President Trump in the election and give their opinions on their predecessor calling him a 'blow hard' and he lacks 'humility'
  • The younger Bush says he also did not vote for Hillary Clinton- he ultimately didn't trust her judgement
  • He also says he was not as rebellious in his youth as has been said, but does admit that he chased 'a lot of p**** and drank a lot of whiskey' as a young man

By Jessica Finn For

Published: 10:39 EDT, 4 November 2017 | Updated: 13:44 EDT, 4 November 2017

In a new biographical book out in just weeks former Presidents George W. Bush, President George H.W. Bush give scathing assessments of Donald Trump.

In 'The Last Republicans' the father son presidential team, give their insights on politics in America. In an interview with Bush Sr. he says of Trump in May of 2016 'I don't like him. I don't know much about him, but I know he's a blowhard. And I'm not too excited about him being a leader.'

George W. Bush echoed his father's sentiments when he told the author Mark Updegrove, 'As you know from looking at my family, humility is a certain heritage. That's what they expect, and we're not seeing that (in Trump).'

Updegrove explains he came to the tome's title after the junior Bush said he feared he would be the last Republican president- and not just because of potential Hillary Clinton win at the time- but 'because Donald Trump represented everything that the Bushes abhorred.'

The White House shot back Saturday. 'If one presidential candidate can disassemble a political party, it speaks volumes about how strong a legacy its past two presidents really had.'

'And that begins with the Iraq war, one of the greatest foreign policy mistakes in American history.'

In a biography on the father-son presidential duo, the elder Bush calls Trump a 'blow hard' 

In a biography on the father-son presidential duo, the elder Bush calls Trump a 'blow hard'

The Last Republicans is out November 14, with on the record interviews with both Bushs, revealing how they feel about President Trump and Hillary ClintonThe Last Republicans is out November 14, with on the record interviews with both Bushs, revealing how they feel about President Trump and Hillary ClintonThe Last RepublicansThe Last Republicans

The Last Republicans is out November 14, with on the record interviews with both Bushs, revealing how they feel about President Trump and Hillary Clinton

This is the first time either of the men have given their frank assessment of Trump. According to CNN, the book will also reveal their rare insight into the 2016 presidential race- as it unfolded.

'If you look at the Bush family, it makes perfect sense. Donald Trump is everything that the Bush family is not,' Updegrove told CNN.

'George Bush grew up thinking about the greater good. Donald Trump is manifestly narcissistic. It's part of his brand. And that brand is the antithesis of the Bush brand.'

In the book, Updegrove writes that the younger Bush did not think Trump would win when he first entered the presidential race.

'Interesting, won't last' was the younger Bush's reaction in the early days of the race, Updegrove wrote.

He was also surprised when Trump emerged as the Republican Party nominee. 'When you're not out there and you're not with the people, you don't get a good sense of (the mood),'' George W. Bush told Updegrove.

When it came down to election day, neither voted for their party's nominee.

The younger voted 'None of the Above' for the presidential ticket, and voted Republican down the line afterwards. Meanwhile the elder Bush voted for Hillary Clinton.

In a revealing look at how former presidents decide on choosing a candidate, W Bush says when it came down to it, he simply didn't trust Clinton.

'In my presence, she was polite … thoughtful,' he said, but alluding to her using a private email server as secretary of state, he added, 'obviously tangled up in bad judgment. This email thing, putting confidential information out there in a world where all kinds of people can figure out how to get your emails was not good judgment.'

When it came time to vote in the 2016 race, the elder Bush voted for Clinton, while George W. Bush didn't trust her judgement enough, and checked the 'None of the Above' boxWhen it came time to vote in the 2016 race, the elder Bush voted for Clinton, while George W. Bush didn't trust her judgement enough, and checked the 'None of the Above' box

When it came time to vote in the 2016 race, the elder Bush voted for Clinton, while George W. Bush didn't trust her judgement enough, and checked the 'None of the Above' box

Leading up to Election Day he told Updegrove 'The question for the country to decide — on both candidates, by the way — is to what extent should we be insisting upon integrity and solid character.'

The younger also touches on how his youth has been considered rebellious, and feels it is an unfair assessment. In a 2012 interview with Updegrove, Bush told the historian he 'chased a lot of p**** and drank a lot of whiskey' as a young man, but added, 'I was never the prodigal son because I never left my family.'

'The Last Republicans' goes on sale on November 14.

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Australia election: PM Morrison’s security team in car crash in Tasmania



A car carrying the Australian prime minister’s security team has crashed in Tasmania during an election campaign visit.

Four police officers were taken to hospital with “non-life threatening injuries” after the car and another vehicle collided, authorities said.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison was not in the car, but the accident prompted him to cancel the rest of his campaign events on Thursday.

The other driver involved was not hurt.

Tasmania Police said initial investigations suggested the second car had “collided with the rear of the police vehicle, while attempting to merge”. It caused the unmarked security vehicle to roll off the road.

The two Tasmania Police officers and two Australian Federal Police officers were conscious when taken to hospital for medical assessment, the prime minister’s office said.

“Family members of the officers have been contacted and are being kept informed of their condition,” a statement said.

“The PM is always extremely grateful for the protection provided by his security team and extends his best wishes for their recovery and to their families.”

Australians go to the polls on 21 May. Mr Morrison – prime minister since 2018 – is hoping to win his conservative coalition’s fourth term in office.

Polls suggest the opposition Labor Party, led by Anthony Albanese, is favoured to win. However, Mr Morrison defied similar polling to claim victory at the last election in 2019.

Mr Morrison’s Liberal-National coalition holds 76 seats in the House of Representatives – the minimum needed to retain power.

Political observers say the cost of living, climate change, trust in political leaders, and national security will be among key issues in the campaign.

In recent weeks, the prime minister has faced accusations of being a bully and once sabotaging a rival’s career by suggesting the man’s Lebanese heritage made him less electable. Mr Morrison has denied the allegations.

Mr Albanese stumbled into his own controversy this week when he failed to recall the nation’s unemployment or interest rates.

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Sydney airport warns delays could last weeks on third day of travel chaos



Long queues at Sydney airport’s domestic terminals have continued for a third day, with some passengers missing international connections, as the airport warns delays resulting from a surge in travellers and a shortfall in security staff could continue for weeks.

Chaotic scenes were reported in the departure halls as early as 4.30am on Saturday, with some frustrated travellers, many of whom heeded the pleas of airport chiefs to arrive at least two hours before their domestic flight was due to take off, claiming only one security line was operating.

While the queues that formed early on Saturday are understood to have cleared later in the morning, the airport apologised to affected travellers.

“Traffic numbers are picking up and the close contact rules are making it hard to fill shifts and staff the airport. We appreciate your patience,” Sydney airport said on its Twitter account.

A wave of families travelling as the term two school holidays begin this weekend, combined with close contact rules that are understood to be taking out about 20% of security shifts in any given day, are driving the problem.

Certis, the company that Sydney airport contracts for its security operations, is desperately trying to recruit personnel, while the airport has reallocated back office, IT and retail workers to the departure hall to comb queues so they can prioritise passengers at risk of missing their flight.

“We are working around the clock to resolve these issues and have teams in the terminals bringing passengers forward in order of priority,” a Sydney airport spokesperson said.

He added that the airport is “anticipating it will [be] busy right through the school holiday period and peak over the Easter and Anzac Day weekends, in some cases at 90% of pre-Covid passenger levels”.

“We’re deeply grateful to passengers for their ongoing patience and we’re sorry to everyone who has been inconvenienced,” the spokesperson said. “We would also like to thank passengers for getting to the airport early and treating staff and each other with kindness and respect.”

The Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce was forced to clarify comments he made on Friday that passengers were “not match fit” and that those forgetting to remove laptops and aerosols from their bags at the security check contributing to the delays.

“Just to be clear, I’m not ‘blaming’ passengers,” Joyce said. “Of course it’s not their fault,” he said.

Qantas shed thousands of staff during the pandemic, and outsourced ground crews in a decision that was challenged in court.

On Saturday, Qantas also apologised to a Melbourne family left stranded in Sydney, after domestic flight delays caused them to miss an international trip.

Javiera Martinez, her partner Daniel Capurro and their three children were supposed to be flying to Chile on Friday to visit relatives they had not seen in three years.

But after their 8am Qantas flight from Melbourne was delayed by half an hour, baggage handling and airport transfer delays in Sydney meant they couldn’t make their 11.30am LATAM Airlines flight to Santiago.

Martinez said the airline’s procedures at the airport were chaotic.

“We think Qantas didn’t behave appropriately. I got berated by the person at the counter – they never apologised, they never assumed any responsibility at all,” she said. “It was a rude conversation. We have been mistreated badly I would say.”

The PCR tests they need to travel have now expired and they will have to take them again as they wait for seats on the next flight to Santiago from Sunday.

The airline has apologised and paid for a night’s accommodation in Sydney.

“We sincerely apologise that the family missed their connecting flight on another airline due to delays moving through Sydney airport on Friday,” a Qantas spokesperson said.

The family is among many affected by hold ups amid the busiest travel period in two years, with Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane airports warning passengers to arrive two hours before domestic flights.


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Grace Tame says caller ‘threatened’ against criticising PM



An Australian of the Year and sexual abuse survivor has said she received a “threatening” call warning her not to criticise the prime minister.

Grace Tame made the allegation in a speech on Wednesday, where she said she’d been called by a “senior member of a government-funded organisation”.

She added she was asked to promise not to say anything “damning” about Scott Morrison.

The government has denied knowledge of the call and said it will investigate.

On Tuesday, Mr Morrison made a formal apology to former political staffer Brittany Higgins more than a year after the young woman went public with the allegation that she had been raped by a male colleague in a ministerial office.

Her story sparked national anger, and an inquiry into parliament’s culture which found more than a third of workers had been sexually harassed.

Both Ms Higgins and Ms Tame have been heralded this past year for prompting a national conversation about abuse, power and gender inequality.

On Wednesday, the pair delivered a highly anticipated joint address at the National Press Club in Canberra.

Asked by journalists if she could name the threatening caller and their organisation, Ms Tame said: “if I was willing to name either, I would have put them in the speech”.

But she said the caller had been concerned about what she would say on the evening her successor as Australian of the Year was named.

She said the caller had described her as an “influential figure” and that Mr Morrison would “have a fear” about what she might say “with an election coming soon”. Australia is due to hold a general election before 21 May.

“Sound familiar to anyone? Well, it does to me,” Ms Tame said, before drawing a comparison with her former abuser – a teacher who had raped her as a child and pressured her to stay silent.

Mr Morrison’s office said it had not been aware of the call before Ms Tame’s speech, adding “the individual should apologise”.

“The PM and the government consider the actions and statements of the individual as unacceptable,” a spokesperson said.

But Ms Tame said launching a probe “misses the point entirely”.

“Stop deflecting, Scott. It’s not about the person who made the call. It’s the fact they felt like they had to do it at all,” she tweeted.


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