Things are not turning out as planned ahead of President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration this coming weekend. On top of several cancellations from celebrities who were scheduled to perform at the event, now former President George H.W. Bush has announced that he won’t be attending the festivities.
On Wednesday, the former president was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the Houston Methodist Hospital for “an acute respiratory problem stemming from pneumonia,” according to Bush family spokesman Jim McGrath. Bush senior’s wife, Barbara, was also admitted to the hospital as a precaution.
The good news is, both President Bush and his wife are in stable condition.
The hospitalization comes a week after Bush wrote a letter to Trump, stating that he would be unable to attend the inauguration. In the letter, which has just been released to the public, Bush claims that his medical condition prevents him from being able to be outside in January. Mainstream media outlets have pointed out a specific line in the letter that speaks volumes:
‘My doctors says if I sit outside in January, it will likely put me six feet under.’
— World News Tonight (@ABCWorldNews) January 18, 2017
On Wednesday afternoon Trump took to Twitter, his favorite social media platform, to send well wishes to Bush and his wife. In the same tweet, Trump thanked them for the letter saying they could not attend his inauguration.
‘Looking forward to a speedy recovery for George and Barbara Bush, both hospitalized. Thank you for your wonderful letter!’
Looking forward to a speedy recovery for George and Barbara Bush, both hospitalized. Thank you for your wonderful letter!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 18, 2017
It’s worth noting that neither Bush nor his wife supported Trump throughout the presidential campaign and were unafraid to publicly voice their disdain for the former businessman.
Former first lady Laura Bush even hinted that she’d prefer to see Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton get elected over Trump – a controversial claim for someone from a family of long-time Republicans to publicly admit.
‘I want our next president – whoever he or she might be – to be somebody who is interested in women in Afghanistan and who will continue US policies… that we continue to do what we’re committed to do as a country.’
The fact of the matter is, it’s unlikely Bush even wanted to attend the inauguration in the first place. His medical complications just ended up giving him a half decent excuse to miss it.
So now Trump, as per usual, looks like a complete idiot for thanking the Bush’s for opting out of an event they likely didn’t even want to attend in the first place.
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