US President Donald Trump on Sunday struck out at former President George W . Bush , who in a video called for compassion and solidarity over the coronavirus pandemic .
Bush , like Trump, a member of the Republican Party , drew a parallel between the COVID – 19 crisis and the September 11 , 2001 attack in a clip posted Saturday by the George W .
Bush Presidential Center.
The Al – Qaeda led terror attacks took place just months after Bush arrived in the White House .
“Following 9 / 11 I saw a great nation rise as one to honor the brave , to grieve with the grieving , and to embrace unavoidable new duties , ” Bush said , with archive images playing in the background .
Bush , 73 , said he was convinced that the “spirit of sacrifice ” has not disappeared , and called for compassion as the United States struggles to quell the novel coronavirus .
“ Let us remember how small our differences are in the face of this shared threat , ” said Bush . “In the final analysis we are not partisan combatants , we are human beings . ”
Bush added that Americans should “ remember that empathy and simple kindness are essential , powerful tools of national recovery . ”
As someone who is regularly criticized for his lack of empathy , Trump may have felt targeted .
Early Sunday, Trump responded, by apparently quoting a co – anchor from the “ Fox and Friends” show on Fox News.
“ Oh, by the way, I appreciate the message from former President Bush , but where was he during Impeachment calling for putting partisanship aside , ” Trump wrote, quoting the co -anchor.
Trump then added in his own voice : “He was nowhere to be found in speaking up against the greatest Hoax in American history!”
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