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Obama and Bush decry deep US divisions without naming Trump

Former Presidents Barack Obama and George W Bush have voiced concern about the current political climate in the US, in comments seen as a veiled rebuke of Donald Trump's leadership. Mr Obama urged Americans to reject the politics of "division" and "fear", while Mr Bush criticised "bullying and prejudice" in public life. Both were speaking separately; neither mentioned President Trump by name.

Mr Trump, who has been critical of his two predecessors, is yet to comment. Ex-presidents traditionally shy away from the political stage, and it was long considered in poor taste for a former occupant of the Oval Office to criticise one of his successors, the BBC's North America reporter Anthony Zurcher says. But norms and standards of behaviour that once seemed to be set in stone have fallen by the wayside in the current political environment, our reporter adds. Speaking at a Democratic campaign event in Newark, New Jersey, Mr Obama said Americans should "send a message to the world that we are rejecting a politics of division, we are rejecting a politics of fear". He added: "What we can't have is the same old politics of division that we have seen so many times before that dates back centuries.

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