Barbara Bush’s Biographer Says Anxiety Over Trump and 2016 Election Led to Former First Lady’s Heart Problems

First lady Barbara Bush appears at the White House in 1990. (Doug Mills/AP)
First lady Barbara Bush appears at the White House in 1990. (Doug Mills/AP)

Barbara Bush has posthumously criticized President Trump in a new biography about the influential former first lady.

Susan Page, the Washington bureau chief of USA Today, detailed Bush’s thoughts on Trump and the Republican Party in her coming book, “The Matriarch: Barbara Bush and the Making of an American Dynasty.” Page, who used interviews and notes from Bush’s journals in writing the biography, wrote about it Wednesday in USA Today.

According to excerpts from the book, Bush, who died in April at age 92, blamed Trump for her “heart attack” in 2016.

“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 that hit her like a sledgehammer one day in June 2016,” Page wrote in USA Today. But, Page added: “The tumultuous presidential campaign in general and Trump’s ridicule of son Jeb Bush in particular had riled her. ‘Angst,’ she told me.”

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SOURCE: Lindsey Bever
The Washington Post