Former Presidents George W. Bush and George H.W. Bush have just announced they will not participate in the upcoming presidential election and will skip the Republican National Convention in Cleveland!
Both Bushes have made it clear they will not endorse Donald Trump for president, so their decision to not attend the convention was not unexpected.
When the Republican National Convention meets this July in Cleveland, it likely will do so with no former Republican president in attendance.
Both George H.W. Bush, the 41st president, and George W. Bush, the 43rd president, have no plans of trekking to northeast Ohio this summer to witness the nomination of Donald Trump.
He does not intend to attend,” George W. Bush’s personal aide Freddy Ford said in a statement to POLITICO.
Both former presidents said Wednesday that they will not endorse Trump for the Republican nomination, with Ford saying that the 43rd president “does not plan to participate in or comment on the presidential campaign.”
In a separate statement provided to POLITICO on Thursday, George H.W. Bush spokesman Jim McGrath said, “At age 91, President Bush is retired from politics. He naturally did a few things to help Jeb, but those were the ‘exceptions that proved the rule.'”
The last two Republican nominees also plan to skip the quadrennial event.
Mitt Romney, the 2012 nominee, “has no plans to attend the convention,” an aide to the former governor said Thursday, and Arizona Sen. John McCain has also indicated that those anticipating his presence should not hold their breath.
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