- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Former First Lady Barbara Bush placed blame for her heart issues on President Donald Trump in a new biography partially released Wednesday.

“It wasn’t technically a heart attack, though she called it that. It was a crisis in her long battle with congestive heart failure and chronic pulmonary disease…The tumultuous presidential campaign in general and Trump’s ridicule of son Jeb Bush, in particular, had riled her. ‘Angst’ she told me,” author Sarah Page wrote in her new book, “The Matriarch,” which was partially released on USA Today.

Ms. Page also wrote Mrs. Bush said in February 2018 she would “probably say no today” if asked whether she was a Republican.

“After Trump’s rise, she saw it as a party she could not continue to support, a party she no longer recognized,” Ms. Page wrote.

Ms. Bush reportedly also kept a Mr. Trump countdown clock next to her bed until the day she died, counting down to the second the amount of time left in the president’s term.

The former first lady passed away on April 17th, 2018. Her husband, President George H.W. Bush, died in late November.

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