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Laura Bush Hints Support of Hillary's Views on Afghanistan

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Former First Lady Laura Bush speaks at the Seventh Annual Women In The World Summit on April 7, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images)

By    |   Monday, 11 Apr 2016 03:03 PM

Laura Bush reportedly has some people guessing that she'd rather see Hillary Clinton in the Oval Office than GOP front-runner Donald Trump.

During the annual Women in the World summit last week in New York, where the former first lady attended with twin daughters Jenna and Barbara, Bush said she wants the next president to be someone who cares about women in Afghanistan, the U.K.-based Telegraph first reported

"I want our next president — whoever he or she might be — to be somebody who is interested in women in Afghanistan and who will continue U.S. policies … that we continue to do what we're committed to do as a country," she said, the Telegraph reports.

"That's who I want — or the kind of people that will do that and will pay attention to our history, and know what's happened before and know specifically how we can continue to do the good things that we do around the world."

While Bush refused to identify any particular candidate, the comment was nevertheless seen as a "coded" criticism of both Trump and closest rival Sen. Ted Cruz's foreign policy — and a nod to the former secretary of state, who wrote a cover endorsement for "We Are Afghan Women," a book Bush wrote with her husband's George W. Bush Institute.

Trump has been criticized for his isolationist views, while Cruz has made clear he believes the United States has no role in Afghanistan other than fighting terrorism

Bush also refused an earlier chance to endorse the front-runner.

Asked last month whether she'd support Trump, she responded, "I'm not going to answer. We got off the sidelines for Jeb. He was our candidate," referring to the campaign of brother-in-law Jeb Bush, who dropped out of the race in February.

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