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March 06, 2018 06:04 PM

Former President George W. Bush often jokes that President Donald Trump’s White House makes his own former administration look “pretty good,” a Republican source close to the Trump administration told National Journal.

“Bush is often heard to remark, unable to stifle his trademark smirk: ‘Sorta makes me look pretty good, doesn’t it?’ ” National Journal reported.

“He’s shaking his head like everyone else wondering why they can’t get their act together,” the source added. “He wants the guy to succeed but thinks a lot of his problems are self-inflicted.”

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A representative for Bush did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.

The former president has stayed largely tight-lipped when it comes to criticizing Trump.

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But according to multiple sources who spoke with New York Magazine, the 43rd commander-in-chief had a rather candid response to Trump’s swearing-in ceremony in January 2017. After attending the inauguration, Bush reportedly later summed up the event in five words: “That was some weird s—.”

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