Bush 41, 43 congratulate Donald Trump

HOUSTON -- Former Presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush congratulated President-elect Donald Trump on his big presidential win Wednesday morning.

“Barbara and I congratulate @realDonaldTrump, wish him well as he guides America forward as our next President. His family is in our prayers,” @GeorgeHWBush tweeted.

George W. Bush issued the following statement after his father's tweet.

"This morning I called President-elect Donald Trump and congratulated him on his election as President of the United States of America. Laura and I wish the President-elect, Melania, and the entire Trump family all our very best as they take on an awesome responsibility and begin an exciting new chapter in their lives. We pray for the success of our country and the success of our new President."

The statements come after a bitter election and speculation that the Bushes would vote for Clinton instead of Trump, but a spokesperson for the Bush family, Freddy Ford, told USA TODAY that the 43rd president and former First Lady Laura Bush voted "None of the Above" for President, and went Republican for the rest of the ballot.


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