Bush 43: I Take Trump at His Word That He Wants to Unify the Country
Former President George W. Bush was a guest Monday on the "Today" show discussing President Donald Trump's first month in office.
Responding to a question from Matt Lauer on whether Trump has done anything so far to unify the country, Bush said it's only been a month.
"I think you have to take the man for his word that he wants to unify the country, and we'll see whether he's able to do so," the former president said.
"It's hard to unify the country though with the news media being so split up."
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) February 27, 2017
Bush said the makeup of the media has changed since his time in office since "now there's all kinds of information being bombarded out and people can say things anonymously."
But the former president emphasized that the media, which has been attacked repeatedly by Trump, is "indispensable to democracy."
He also discussed Trump's revised executive order on immigration, expected to be signed later this week.
"I am for an immigration policy that is welcoming and upholds the law," said Bush, who was promoting his new book, "Portraits of Courage: A Commander in Chief's Tribute to America's Warriors."
Marc Thiessen, former White House speechwriter under Bush, joined "Fox & Friends" to discuss the former president's interview, calling Bush "one of the most gracious people I've ever known."
"He didn't criticize Barack Obama for eight years; I'm sure he's not going to start criticizing Donald Trump in his first month in office," Thiessen said.
Watch the full "Today" interview with Bush as well as the interview with Thiessen in the above videos.
Also, be sure to tune into "Hannity" at 10pm ET each night this week, as Sean recently sat down with Bush to discuss the new book.