Bush Promotes New Book, Reflects on Painting And the Press

Former US President George W. Bush holds up a print copy of his 'Portraits of Courage' book during a press preview at the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum in Dallas, Texas, on Feb. 28, 2017.

Photographer: Laura Buckman/AFP/Getty Images

New York (AP) -- Former President George W. Bush says he didn't intend to criticize President Donald Trump when he said recently that a free press is essential to democracy

Speaking by telephone Tuesday with The Associated Press, Bush said he was simply responding to a reporter's question about the role of journalism. Trump has referred to the press as the "enemy of the people," but Bush said Tuesday that it's important to hold people in power "to account." He called his own relationship with the media "symbiotic," with the media needing a story and the president needing to get his message out.

Paintings of wounded U.S. military veterans painted by former President George W. Bush hang at the "Portraits of Courage" exhibit at the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum in Dallas, on Feb. 28, 2017.

Paintings of wounded U.S. military veterans painted by former President George W. Bush hang at the "Portraits of Courage" exhibit at the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum in Dallas, on Feb. 28, 2017.

Photographer: Laura Buckman/AFP/Getty Images

Bush is promoting his new book, "Portraits of Courage," a volume of his paintings of military veterans. The book, officially published Tuesday, is No. 1 on Amazon.com.

While investors in every asset class will be hanging on President Donald Trump’s speech to Congress, it’s those who have furiously bid up equities -- in hot-topic sectors like financials, retail and health care -- who may have the most on the line. Bloomberg's Joe Ciolli reports on
While investors in every asset class will be hanging on President Donald Trump’s speech to Congress, it’s those who have furiously bid up equities -- in hot-topic sectors like financials, retail and health care -- who may have the most on the line. Bloomberg's Joe Ciolli reports on "Bloomberg Markets." (Source: Bloomberg)
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