Bush promotes new book, reflects on painting and the press

Yesterday, we got two big interviews from former President George W. Bush: in People, he decried the racism running rampant under Donald Trump and on Today, he criticized the current president for disparaging the media.

Bush said today "we all need answers" on the extent of contact between President Donald Trump's team and the Russian government, and didn't rule out the idea that a special prosecutor could be necessary to lead an investigation.

The former President, joined by his wife Laura, spoke to the magazine in the painting studio of their Dallas home to launch his first art book, "Portraits of Courage: A Commander in Chief's Tribute to America's Warriors".

Asked about Trump's views on immigration and his blocked travel ban, Bush stated "I understood right off the bat that [the executive order] was an ideological conflict".

Bush responded to that sentiment by saying "power can be very addictive and it can be corrosive, and it's important for the media to call to account people who abuse their power".

Mr Bush said during his time in office he attempted to persuade Russian President Vladimir Putin to accept the concept of an independent news media. "On the other hand, we've been through these periods before and we've always had a way to come out of it". "I think we all need answers", he said of the controversy that cost Michael Flynn his position as National Security Advisor.

Mr Trump won the election after beating 16 Republican candidates, including Mr Bush's brother Jeb, to secure the party's nomination.

'It's very hard to fight the war on terrorism if we're in retreat, ' he said.

  • Leroy Wright