Former President George H.W. Bush is congratulating Donald Trump on winning the U.S. presidential election.
The senior Bush tweeted Wednesday that he and his wife Barbara “congratulate @realDonaldTrump, wish him well as he guides America forward.”
George H.W. Bush spokesman Jim McGrath said Bush also “initiated” a “very warm and gracious call” to Trump to wish him luck. He declined to say how Bush voted.
The Bush family had a contentious relationship with Trump throughout the campaign. Bush’s younger son, Jeb Bush, was among more than a dozen candidates to get stomped out by Trump for the Republican nomination.
Jeb Bush also addressed a Tweet to Trump, on Wednesday, saying, “I will pray for you in the days and months to come.”
A spokesman says former President George W. Bush did not vote for Republican Donald Trump or Democrat Hillary Clinton.
Freddy Ford says the most recent Republican president voted “none of the above for president and Republican down-ballot.” That means Bush voted for Republicans in congressional and local races.
“This morning I called President-elect Donald Trump and congratulated him on his election as President of the United States of America. Laura and I wish the President-elect, Melania, and the entire Trump family all our very best as they take on an awesome responsibility and begin an exciting new chapter in their lives. We pray for the success of our country and the success of our new President.” – George W. Bush
It’s not a complete surprise. The Bush family includes the two most recent Republican presidents but neither endorsed nor campaigned for the billionaire businessman who captured the party’s nomination. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush was a one-time favorite to win the GOP presidential nomination until Trump got into the race and branded him with a name that stuck: “Low energy.”
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