Bannon attacks George W. Bush as most 'destructive' president

McCain praises Bush for 'reminding us' of American values

Steve Bannon is continuing his self-declared war on the Republican establishment and delivered a particularly withering takedown of former president George W. Bush on Friday night, characterizing him as a puppet who follows orders and has no idea what's going on.

"Bullying and prejudice in our public life sets a national tone, provides permission for cruelty and bigotry and compromises the moral education of children", Bush said at the time.

But White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders sought to deny the speeches were targeting Mr Trump.

Steve Bannon, a former White House adviser to President Donald Trump, speaks at the California Republican Convention in Anaheim, Calfornia, on October 20, 2017.

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Obama made his return to the political arena on Thursday to speak at a Democratic campaign event in New Jersey where he urged Americans to reject the "politics of division".

"If anybody is pushing a lot of fabricated things right now, I think most of that would be coming from the news media", she said. "Bush-for-'destructive'-presidency">everything that is wrong with the Republican Party today. "It was clear he didn't understand anything he was talking about", Bannon said.

While neither of the former presidents named Mr Trump, their comments were interpreted as being targeted at the current President. "This means people of every race, religion and ethnicity can be fully and equally American", Bush said.

Trump ran straight at the Bush family legacy in defeating a field of Republican candidates that included former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who is George W. Bush's brother.

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