Report: Bush and Romney won't support Trump

Former US President and Utah Senator will reportedly not support President Donald Trump’s reelection.

Elad Benari ,

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Former US President George W. Bush and Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) will not support President Donald Trump’s reelection, The New York Times reports.

Several Republican leaders are struggling with whether to endorse Trump in his reelection campaign, with some considering endorsing or voting for presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden.

The Times said that recent events involving Trump’s response to protests over police treatment of African Americans and the coronavirus pandemic have inspired an urgency among Republicans to decide whether to publicly discuss their voting plans for November.

People familiar with Bush’s thinking told the newspaper he will not back the president’s reelection and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush his brother, is not sure how he will vote.

In 2016, Bush criticized policies of "isolationism, nativism, and protectionism," aspects which came to be associated with the Trump presidential campaign.

During the election itself, Bush and his wife Laura did not vote for either Trump or Hillary Clinton.

Freddy Ford, a spokesman for the former president, told the Times that George W. Bush would not get involved in the elections and would speak only on policy issues like he did last week when he said the US must “examine our tragic failures” on race.

Romney will also not support Trump and is considering writing in his wife’s name again or casting a different ballot, according to the Times, in the latest reflection of their complex relations.

Trump has been a longtime Romney critic despite offering a 2012 presidential endorsement. Romney has been outspoken in his criticism of Trump's rhetoric and policies, and called on Republicans to block Trump's path to the presidency when he was running.

After Trump was elected, however, Romney was under consideration for the post of Secretary of State, which was eventually given to Rex Tillerson.

Romney has continued to criticize the President. After Trump blamed "both sides" for inciting deadly violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, last summer, Romney said Trump's remarks "caused racists to rejoice."