Barbara Bush hated Trump but still welcomed Melania to First Ladies' club: 'I am glad it's not Bill Clinton'

Former first lady Barbara Bush was 'glad' she didn't have to write a letter to former President Bill Clinton if his wife Hillary had won the 2016 election

                            Barbara Bush hated Trump but still welcomed Melania to First Ladies' club: 'I am glad it's not Bill Clinton'
Barbara Bush (Source : Getty Images)

White late former first lady Barbara Bush did not vote for President Donald Trump in the 2016 election, she wrote to his wife Melania Trump that she was glad to not have to pen a letter to ex-President Bill Clinton, who would have entered the White House for the second time if his wife Hillary Clinton was elected. Instead, she welcomed Melania into the "First Ladies' very exclusive club", according to a Newsweek report.

"Dear Mrs. Trump, The world thought I was writing this note to Bill Clinton. I am glad that I am not," Barbara wrote in the letter revealed in her upcoming biography. "I wanted to welcome you to the First Ladies' very exclusive club. My children were older and therefore I did not have the problems you do. Whatever you decide to do is your business and yours alone."

Barbara Bush talks with Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney at Former President George H. W. Bush's office on March 29, 2012, in Houston, Texas. (Getty)


As revealed in her upcoming biography 'The Matriarch: Barbara Bush and the Making of an American Dynasty', the letter was sent to Melania Trump just two weeks after her husband won the presidential race. 

"Living in the White House is a joy and their only job is to make you happy," Barbara, who died last April at the age of 92, wrote. "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."

First lady Melania Trump listens as President Trump speaks during a Hanukkah reception in the East Room of the White House on December 6, 2018, in Washington, DC. (Getty Images)


After nearly five months of Trump taking over the Oval Office, Melania moved into the White House with their son Barron.

The warm welcome extended to Melania was a stark contrast from Barbara's longstanding dislike of Donald Trump. In the documentary, created by USA Today’s Washington bureau chief Susan Page, it was revealed that the former first lady wrote in her diaries that Trump was "greedy, selfish, and ugly."

The firebrand former first lady would later suffer a heart attack in June 2016, for which she blamed Trump.

According to her, she claimed that year's presidential campaign and Trump's constant bullying of her son Jeb, had caused the attack, although she formally suffered from congestive heart failure according to medical records, stated an AOL report.

Republican presidential candidates Donald Trump and Jeb Bush argue during the presidential debates at the Reagan Library on September 16, 2015, in Simi Valley, California. (Getty Images)

Bush had already penned a congratulatory letter to Bill Clinton as she didn't expect Trump to win. In the note, she welcomed him to the "First Ladies Club" and humorously told the former president they couldn't "wait to initiate" him.


First Lady Melania Trump would later attend Bush's funeral to pay her respects. Her husband was obviously not invited.

"It was my honor to travel to Houston to give my respects to Barbara Bush and the remarkable life she led as a mother, wife, and fearless First Lady,” Melania Trump tweeted her death. "My sincerest thoughts and prayers continue to be with George H.W. and the entire Bush family."