Former First Lady Barbara Bush blamed President Trump for what she called her “heart attack” in 2016, according to an excerpt from an upcoming book on the former first lady, “The Matriarch.”
“Barbara Bush blamed Donald Trump for her heart attack,” Susan Page, the Washington bureau chief for USA Today, wrote in an excerpt from the new book released on Wednesday.
“It wasn’t technically a heart attack, though she called it that,” Page, who spent hours interviewing Bush in the final six months of her life, continued. “It was a crisis in her long battle with congestive heart failure and chronic pulmonary disease that hit her like a sledgehammer one day in June 2016,” when Trump secured the Republican presidential nomination after repeatedly ridiculing her son Jeb Bush, who was also running.
Page said an ambulance was called to take the former first lady to the hospital at the time.
“The tumultuous presidential campaign in general and Trump’s ridicule of son Jeb Bush in particular had riled her,” Page wrote. ” ‘Angst,’ she told me.”
By 2018, when Page asked Bush in February if she still considered herself a Republican, the former first lady had said: “I’d probably say no today.”
However, the book also says that the former first lady’s negative opinion of Trump dates back long before his election victory in 2016.
“The Trumps are a new word, both of them,” Bush wrote in her diary in 1990, according to Page. “Trump now means Greed, selfishness and ugly. So sad.”
The former wife and mother to U.S. presidents died in April 2017.