It’s bad when George W. Bush, a President who left office with an abysmal 22% approval rating, writes an op-ed critical of you. That’s what just happened to Donald Trump.
In an article published last night in The Washington Post, Bush explained the success of his program, the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR):
“Critical to this effort is our Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon partner, the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). My administration launched PEPFAR in 2003 to address the HIV/AIDS pandemic that threatened to wipe out an entire generation on the continent of Africa. Nearly 15 years later, the program has achieved remarkable results in the fight against disease.”
Trump’s proposed budget cuts $300 million from this program.
“I argue that we shouldn’t spend money on programs that don’t work, whether at home or abroad. But they should fully fund programs that have proven to be efficient, effective and results-oriented. Saving nearly 12 million lives is proof that PEPFAR works, and I urge our government to fully fund it.”
Rarely, if ever, does a former President publicly blast a sitting President. Even Obama and Bush had a surprisingly cordial relationship.
If Trump stopped spending needlessly on golf outings, perhaps the United States could afford to once again do some good in the world. Even a President as unpopular as George W. Bush has enough sense to agree with that.
Brian Tyler Cohen is a political writer, actor, and comedy sketch director. He graduated from Lehigh University with a dual degree in English and Business. He currently lives in Los Angeles.