WASHINGTON: Former US President George W. Bush feels that Islamic women should come to the US to experience a free society, so they can lead the charge for equality in the Middle East.
Bush was speaking at an event for Sen. Rob Portman in Cincinnati and participated in a 40-minute question-and-answer session, as reported by the Wall Street Journal.
The former US president seemed to speak out against Donald Trump without mentioning him by name at a fundraising event Tuesday.
He warned against policies of “isolationism, nativism and protectionism” and urging the GOP to ensure that “everyone feels welcome”
Ken Blackwell, a former Ohio Secretary of State, told the Journal that “it was an interesting exercise of statecraft. No one could say he directly spoke in attack mode against Donald Trump. Neither could anybody miss the fact that he thought there were some cutting-edge issues that Trump is advancing that need to be scrutinized and debated.”
According to attendees, Bush talked about the idea “that Islamic women should come to the U.S. to experience a free society, so they can lead the charge for equality in the Middle East.” He told attendees, “As long as everyone feels welcome, I think [the Republican Party] will succeed.
He also said that “we’re lucky, because we’ll always have the presidency.”
Bush’s comments at the Portman fundraiser aren’t the first time he’s said that he’s worried about Trump and the Republican Party.
According to a Politico report from last month, Bush expressed concern to some former aides and advisers that he could be “the last Republican president.”