Former first lady Laura Bush had nothing but praise for Melania Trump and the way she has stepped into her role as First Lady, despite CNN’s prodding about observing the “very different White House.”
“I just think she’s done a lovely job,” Bush told CNN’s Brooke Baldwin . “She’s a beautiful woman. She’s a wonderful representative for the United States.”
The wife of former President George W. Bush spoke from the Afghan embassy in Washington where she was meeting with Afghan first lady H.E. Rula Ghani. The two women were working together in an effort to promote the advancement of Afghan businesswomen as part the US-Afghan Women’s Council.
Bush revealed that she has stayed in touch with the new first lady and has visited her in the White House.
“I’ve talked to Melania,” she said. “I’ve been back and had tea with her.”
She recounted how her visit to the Diplomatic Reception Room was met with the welcoming familiar faces of chefs, butlers and ushers who were there when she was living in the White House.
Bush sympathized with the current first couple and wished them “the very, very best,” acknowledging how challenging it is to live under constant scrutiny.
“I know what it’s like to live there,” she said. “I know how difficult every decision is, what the scrutiny is by everyone that has an opinion. ”
The former first lady did not discuss Trump’s policies though her husband, in a speech earlier this month, seemed to condemn many of his positions without ever mentioning his name. The former president’s criticism of Trump has made him the new darling of the left.
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Bush and his wife opted to leave the presidential section of their ballots blank rather than vote for Trump in the 2016 election.
Meanwhile, the former first lady noted that criticism is just part of life at the White House.
“Every single person has an opinion on the people who live there, and I’m certainly aware of that,” she said.
And in a show of pure class and patriotism, she wished the new administration success.
“I wish them the very best,” Bush said. “That’s what every American should wish for the people in the White House since they are our President and first family.”
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