Bush on why we need media: Power can be 'addictive' and 'corrosive'

Prior to his announcement Trump called the media "enemies of America".

Asked about President Trump's statements that the media were "the enemy of the people", Mr Bush noted that an independent press was "indispensable to democracy". He thinks that power can get addictive.

When it comes to the ones in charge, it's important that media takes them into account, especially the ones that abuse their power.

Amid wave after wave of leaks from his White House and probing reports on his campaign's links with Russia, Trump has repeatedly decried the media as "fake news". "When I was president [the media] mattered a lot more because there was like three [news networks]".

"People ask me 'Do you miss being president?' The answer's not really, but I miss saluting people who volunteer to wear the uniform". And just after those attacks you gave a speech and you said this: "I also want to speak tonight directly to Muslims throughout the world". He refuses to attend the whimsical White House correspondents dinner, where he would be blistered by jokes. The last president to miss the dinner was Ronald Reagan in 1981, who was still recovering from an assassination attempt a month earlier.

"The new plan will be a great plan for the patients, the people and hopefully the companies", Trump told the group.

Given Bush's own record as the president who governed America during the infamous September 11th terrorist attacks, his

Bush also said he wanted "an immigration policy that's welcoming and upholds the law", a clear dig at Trump's ban on travel to the U.S. from seven Muslim countries that the courts struck down.

On Russia, though, Bush indicated that transparency on the matter is important.

Bush also said he supported an investigation into the Trump campaign's ties with Russian Federation.

"Whether or not the special prosecutor is the right way to go, you're talking to the wrong guy", Bush continued.

Bush said he would trust Senate Intelligence panel Chairman Richard Burr to decide if a special prosecutor is necessary.

During an interview with Matt Lauer on NBC's Today, Bush said that he favored "an immigration policy that's welcoming and upholds the law".

Bush approached a series of topics, including the thirst for power.

  • Larry Hoffman