Bush 41, 43 Have No Plans to Endorse or Participate in 2016 Election

Presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush do not plan to endorse Donald Trump or play a role in the 2016 campaign, their spokesmen told TheBlaze Wednesday.

“President Bush does not plan to participate in or comment on the presidential campaign,” Freddy Ford, communications director for the younger Bush, said in an email.

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Former President George W. Bush. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

The elder Bush’s spokesman, Jim McGrath, said, “At age 91, President Bush is retired from politics.”

“He naturally did a few things to help Jeb, but those were the ‘exceptions that proved the rule,'” McGrath said.

If Bush 41 does fail to endorse, it will be the first time he has stayed silent since his own presidency.

George H.W. Bush, left, talks with former Secretary of State and close friend James Baker III at NRG Stadium on November 2, 2014 in Houston, Texas. (Bob Levey/Getty Images)
George H.W. Bush, left, talks with former Secretary of State and close friend James Baker III at NRG Stadium on November 2, 2014 in Houston, Texas. (Bob Levey/Getty Images)

Both men had briefly returned to the political stage to help Jeb Bush run for the presidency. Barbara Bush joined Jeb on the campaign trail as well, blasting Trump for his rhetoric.

Trump became the Republican Party’s presumptive nominee when his remaining rivals, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Ohio Gov. John Kasich ended their bids this week for the White House.

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