President Donald Trump refused to answer a reporter’s question Saturday on whether he regrets his harsh attacks on the Bush family in light of George H.W. Bush‘s death.
“Do you regret any of your comments about George H.W. Bush or the Bush family?” Trump was asked at the G20 summit in Argentina.
The president listened to the question, then turned away from the reporter and said, “Thank you very much everybody.”
Reporter: Do you regret any of your comments about George H.W. Bush or the Bush family?
President Trump: "Thank you very much everybody." pic.twitter.com/TTJ5Q3CkRB
— NBC News (@NBCNews) December 1, 2018
During a July 5 political rally in Montana, Trump attacked Bush, saying, “Thousand points of light, I never quite got that one.”
“What the hell is that?” Trump said. “Has anyone ever figured that one out? And it was put out by a Republican, wasn’t it? I know one thing, Make America Great Again we understand. Putting America first we understand.”
Trump was quoting Bush’s reference to volunteerism in his 1988 Republican National Convention speech.
Bush called his philosophy “a thousand points of light” and his nonprofit dedicated to encouraging volunteerism was named Points of Light.
Ari Fleischer, former press secretary for President George W. Bush, tweeted at the time, “This is so uncalled for. Going after a 94-year-old, former President’s promotion of volunteerism. I don’t mind potus being a fighter. I do mind him being rude.”
As a presidential candidate in 2016, Trump campaigned against his son, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, and repeatedly mocked him, calling him “Low Energy” Jeb Bush.
“I don’t like him,” George H.W. Bush is quoted as saying in the 2017 publication of historian Mark Updegrove’s book, “The Last Republicans.”
“I don’t know much about him, but I know he’s a blowhard. And I’m not too excited about him being a leader,” he added.
In a statement issued Saturday afternoon, Trump praised his Republican predecessor for inspiring generations of Americans “to be, in his words, ‘a thousand points of light’ illuminating the greatness, hope, and opportunity of America to the world,” the same phrase that he had previously mocked at rallies.