NEW YORK — The former United States President George W. Bush defended on Monday the media’s right to examine the power. Bush also said that power is addictive.
It was during an interview that George w. Bush went to defend the role media has. President Donald Trump has on some occasions pointed out what he calls “fake news” and spoken of “enemies of the people.”
Bush disagreed about this, but without mentioning the Trump by name:
“I think that the media is a prerequisite for a functional democracy. We need the media to keep people like me to be responsible. I mean, power can be very addictive, it can be erosive, and it is important for the press to make people accountable, who abuse their power, whether it’s here or somewhere else,” said the former President.
President Bush also stated that he would like to see a welcoming immigration policy that doesn’t alienate Muslims from others in the United States:
“I am for an immigration policy that is welcoming, and that is legal, said Bush.
The former President also commented on the allegation that there were contacts between the Trump campaign and Russia in connection with the U.S. presidential election.
Bush said that the public is entitled to receive all the responses that may come up regarding the allegations. Bush did not exclude that it may be necessary to provide for a special prosecutor to lead such an investigation.
The former president has an artistic streak. He has painted a series of portraits of various leaders and heads of State, and now several artworks by former President are coming out as a new book.
The book, titled “Portraits of courage” contains 66 painted portraits of injured soldiers he ever met. The soldiers served in the U.S. Army in Iraq and Afghanistan following the attack on the World Trade Center 9/11.
Any profits from the sales will go to a charity center that supports war veterans. With each portrait follows a story about the man who Bush paints, and Bush has also authored the captions.
“I have all the time in the world to paint now,” says President Bush. He has always seen himself as an artist of some kind. “Maybe Trump should take up painting now. Or just about anything. Perhaps a hobby to control his seemingly erratic behavior, from time to time. Yeah, that would be my friendly advice to Number 45,” he chuckles.