An upcoming Barbara Bush biography reveals the former first lady wrote an encouraging letter to current first lady Melania Trump shortly after the 2016 election to express that she was “glad” to be welcoming Trump to “the First Ladies very exclusive club.”
“Dear Mrs. Trump, The world thought I was writing this note to Bill Clinton. I am glad that I am not,” Bush wrote, according to Today. “I wanted to welcome you to the First Ladies very exclusive club.”
The presidential mother and grandmother — who died on April 17, 2018 after a long-fought battle with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease — offered some advice to Trump in her letter in regards to when or if the first lady and Barron would move into the White House.
“My children were older and therefore I did not have the problems you do,” she wrote. “Whatever you decide to do is your business and yours alone.”
Trump stayed back in New York for a period of time after the then-president-elect Donald Trump took his role in the White House, as she looked after their son Barron while he finished up school and to “keep disruption to a minimum,” a source told the New York Post.
“Living in the White House is a joy and their only job is to make you happy,” Bush wrote in the letter. She continued:
“If you decide to stay in NYC that will be fine also. When you come to the White House let your son bring a friend. That is my unasked for advice.”
“God Bless you,” Bush concluded her letter to the first lady.
While the former late first lady sent a reassuring letter to Trump, Bush, however, wasn’t so fond of the first lady’s husband.
As IJR Blue reported, the upcoming biography, “The Matriarch: Barbara Bush and the Making of an American Dynasty,” reveals diary entries about Bush’s dislike for President Trump, who she believed “means Greed, selfishness and ugly.”
“I woke up and discovered, to my horror, that Trump had won,” she expressed in her diary about President Trump’s win in 2016.
Additionally, the former first lady was given a “countdown clock” that she kept by her bedside, which counted down to even the seconds of the remainder to Trump’s presidential term.
The book, written by author Susan Page, includes both positive and negatives surrounding the Trump family and will be released on April 2.