WATCH: George W. Bush Says ‘We Need Answers’ on Russia & Donald Trump
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WATCH: George W. Bush Says ‘We Need Answers’ on Russia & Donald Trump

During an interview with Today Show anchor Matt Lauer, President George W. Bush gave his thoughts on President Donald Trump‘s policies and said that there should be an investigation into the new president’s alleged ties to Russia.

Lauer asked Bush if he ever considered the media the “enemy of the people” like Trump does. Bush chuckled, then explained why he thinks the press is an integral part of American democracy.

“I consider the media to be indispensable to democracy. We needed the media to hold people like me to account,” Bush told Lauer. “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.”

Bush then said he tried to convince Russian President Vladimir Putin how valuable a free press is. “It’s kind of hard to tell others to have an independent free press when we’re not willing to have one ourselves,” Bush said.

This led to Lauer asking about Russia and the reports that people within the Trump campaign had communication with Russian officials during the campaign. A day after Republican House Rep. Darrell Issa said he would like to see a special prosecutor handle an investigation, Bush said we “need answers.”

“I think we all need answers,” Bush replied. “Whether or not the special prosecutor’s the right way to go or not, you’re talking to the wrong guy. I have great faith in Richard Butt for example. He’s the head of the Senate Intelligence Committee, really good buy, and an independent thinker. And if he were to recommend a special persecutor then it’d have a lot more credibility with me.”

Bush was on Today to also promote his new book, Portraits of Courage, which features portraits he has painted of veterans from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Many of the veterans featured in the book were on hand at Today. Bush’s wife, former First Lady Laura Bush, wrote the foreward.

Since leaving office, Bush has taken up painting and has supported veterans from the wars started during his administration. His daughter, Jenna Bush Hager, is also a Today contributor.

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Anonymous

If Al Gore had simply asked for a statewide recount in Florida, he would have been POTUS, and we could have all avoided the mistakes that we’re still mopping up from Bush.

BTW – we DO NOT have an independent free press. It is controlled by a strict hierarchy. Take this story on Bush, for example – quotations used in textual write ups, are the same quotations being clipped for videos and shown on outlets around the nation. A few main stories selected out of thousands possible per day, all packaged and delivered in a unified voice, all with the same DNC-loving strategy, to undermine Trump or to promote some other agenda – hands up don’t shoot (promoted by journalists, but it never happened – so journalists aren’t interested in conveying the facts, but pushing agendas).

A story recently broke that the Washington Post has been taking money from the Russian and Chinese Governments to publish propaganda articles for them – admitted by WaPo’s Erik Wemple. If doing this is legal, then what is to stop the DNC from paying Washington Post or other outlets to do the same thing?

Anonymous

But, what about the bush Family Ties, linking them back to the Nazi SS.

Anonymous

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