Former President George W. Bush is speaking out about the “pretty ugly” political climate in the age of President Donald Trump.
In an interview with People, the 43rd President said he doesn’t like what he’s seen in the country since Trump took office. “I don’t like the racism and I don’t like the name-calling and I don’t like the people feeling alienated,” Bush said. “Nobody likes that.”
Bush told the magazine that Trump has not reached out for advice from the last republican to occupy the White House. But Bush maintains that he’s not bothered by the fact that Trump hasn’t sought him out. “It doesn’t hurt my feelings. I understand the nature of the job,” Bush said. “There’s a lot incoming when you’re the President and you just got to focus on your job.”
Despite his overall feelings of the current political climate, Bush has a sunny outlook for the nation’s future. “I’m optimistic about where we’ll end up,” Bush said. He added, “We’ve been through these periods before and we’ve always had a way to come out of it. I’m more optimistic than some.”
Watch above, via People — whose full interview with Bush hits newsstands Friday.
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