Bush says Trump ‘makes me look pretty good’ by comparison: report

Former President George W. Bush often jokes that President TrumpDonald John TrumpLieu: There will be 'widespread civil unrest' if Trump fires Mueller Attorneys for Trump, Mueller hold face-to-face meeting to discuss potential interview topics: report Trump tariffs not helpful for nuclear talks, South Korea says MORE's administration makes his own former White House team look "pretty good," according to a Republican source.

The former Republican president regularly knocks the current administration, a source close to the Trump administration told National Journal, unable to understand why the White House often seems to be in chaos.

"Bush is often heard to remark, unable to stifle his trademark smirk: 'Sorta makes me look pretty good, doesn't it?' " National Journal reported. 


"He's shaking his head like everyone else wondering why they can't get their act together," the source added. "He wants the guy to succeed but thinks a lot of his problems are self-inflicted."

Bush, unlike his successor, President Obama, has largely declined to criticize the Trump administration or Trump himself. But the former Texas governor, who attended Trump's inauguration last year, was overheard by several people at the time calling Trump's swearing-in "some weird shit."

Bush's father, former President George H.W. Bush, has been less reserved in his criticism of the current commander in chief, writing that he didn't like Trump in a book published last year.

“I don’t like him,” George H.W. Bush says in the book. “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.”