Former President George W. Bush was in Abu Dhabi this week and incredibly used the trip to launch an attack on President Trump from the sidelines. While not mentioning Trump by name, it is pretty obvious who he is talking about from the quotes below:
On the illegal immigration issue:
“…important to realize is that the United States has had a history of assimilation, that we welcome people regardless of their religion and where they were born because we’ve got confidence in what we stand for”.
Actually the United States severely limited LEGAL immigration from 1924 – 1965. In 1979 President Carter issued an executive order invalidating “all visas issued to Iranian citizens for future entry into the United States.” The order said that the U.S “will not reissue visas, nor will we issue new visas, except for compelling and proven humanitarian reasons or where the national interest of our own country requires.” If you want to see a good summary of past Presidents who have blocked certain classes of immigrants from entering the country (including George W. Bush), you can find it here.
“But there are people willing to do jobs Americans aren’t willing to do. Lots of Americans don’t want to pick cotton in 105 degrees, but there are people who want to put food on their family’s table, and are willing to do that. We ought to be able to say thank you, and to welcome them. Have a plan in place that enables workers to do work Americans won’t do.”
Is anybody else sick and tired of this ridiculous conjecture? Maybe Americans don’t do some of these jobs because they’ve been taken by illegal immigrants who are paid a lot less than what Americans would be. This is why the Republican Party hasn’t moved forward with securing the border. Democrats want votes, Republicans want cheap labor. Trump is fighting both parties on this. And I really don’t appreciate the criticism of Americans.
And did I miss something and we went through a time warp back to the 1800’s? Don’t we have machinery to pick cotton these days?
“When there’s a populist sentiment it makes it harder to get that kind of issue resolved.”
Yes, it’s terrible when we want to put American workers first, especially those in the black community who have suffered the most from the flood of illegals. This kind of statement from someone I THOUGHT put America first is very disappointing.
On DACA (on Dancer, Prancer, and Vixen…):
“These kids, they were born in America, their parents were here illegally and they say they have to go home. Well they don’t have a home. America’s their home – and they’ve got to get it fixed.”
Well, then call up Schumer and Pelosi and tell them to stop opposing Trump’s generous offer of allowing them to stay. Of course the rub is that Trump is serious about border security and that is a non-starter for Democrats and many Republicans (apparently including W who talked a lot about securing the border but did nothing substantive on it).
And finally his thoughts on Putin (who were pals at one time as you can see):
“He can’t think ‘how can we both win? He only thinks ‘I win, you lose’. which makes him difficult to deal with. It’s important for our friends to know who our friends are, and for our enemies to know that we’ve got a problem with them. There can’t be any ambiguity. Same dealing with Putin.
This is from the same man who once said of Putin: “I looked the man in the eye. I found him to be very straightforward and trustworthy. We had a very good dialogue. I was able to get a sense of his soul; a man deeply committed to his country and the best interests of his country.”
Boy how times have changed!
“And its problematic that a foreign nation is involved in our election system because Democracy is really only as good as the people’s trust in results. And there’s pretty clear evidence that the Russians meddled. Whether they affected the outcome is another question. But they meddled and that’s dangerous for a democracy.
This is just unbelievable. Bush has now joined the left in the Russian conspiracy and insinuating that Trump’s victory was not legitimate. He conveniently forgets the 2000 election when the Democrats tried to steal his victory from him and for 8 years thereafter refused to acknowledge the legitimacy of the Bush Administration. Many of us supported this man vigorously and defended him against these attacks from the left. I am left wondering if it was worth the effort.