"Well she's dead and he's president- who won that one?" asked the longtime GOP strategist in defense of Donald Trump's attack on the former first lady.
“I have heard that she was nasty to me, but she should be,” Trump told the Washington Times about Barbara Bush.
People on Twitter erupted in anger after the president went after the former first lady.
The former first lady confided in a journalist writing her biography in the months before she died.
The former first lady also blamed Trump for her hospitalization, per a new book.
The eldest Bush son spoke proudly of his father, praising him as "a diplomat of unmatched skill" and "a gentleman."
Barbara and George H.W. Bush died just eight months apart. It's brought to mind the "widowhood effect" — how the loss of a spouse can increase the risk of death.
The 41st president will be buried Thursday at his presidential library and museum at Texas A&M University.
The 41st President of the United States George H.W. Bush has died at age 94.
The intimate ceremony was held at the Bush family compound in Kennebunkport, Maine.