George W. Bush said he congratulated President-elect Donald Trump for his victory Wednesday, a day after a spokesman confirmed the former president chose to not cast a ballot for president rather than vote for his party's nominee.
"This morning I called President-elect Donald Trump and congratulated him on his election as President of the United States of America," the statement read. "Laura and I wish the President-elect, Melania, and the entire Trump family all our very best as they take on an awesome responsibility and begin an exciting new chapter in their lives. We pray for the success of our country and the success of our new President."
Leading up the election, neither George W. Bush nor fellow former President George H.W. Bush endorsed Trump. A spokesman for George H.W. Bush said in a separate email Tuesday that he would not comment on whom the elder Bush voted for in the race.
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