HOUSTON—George H. W. Bush, 41st President of the United States, was detained at George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston today.
Bush says he was questioned by U.S. Customs about his trip to the United Arab Emirates, his feelings on President Donald Trump, and whether or not he had converted to fundamentalist Islam.
“It was ridiculous,” Bush said. “I told them I was president of this great nation for four years. My son was for eight. This airport is named after me, for God’s sake!”
Bush was returning from Dubai on a pleasure trip. He says he was there to see the sights, play some golf, and attend a social gathering with some of his business associates. Customs agents were concerned that he had been radicalized.
“You never know who’s coming back from these predominantly Muslim countries,” said U.S. Customs Officer Chase O’Reilly. “Who knows if he was actually meeting with ISIS? He says he’s a patriotic American but that can change overnight.”
Dubai is known as a rich, ultra-modern city with luxurious hotels and shopping malls. Its wealth surged from 1970-2000 upon the discovery of oil, a business with which the Bush family has been intimately involved for decades.
On Saturday, U.S. Customs detained Muhammad Ali Jr. and Khalilah Camacho Ali, son and window of boxing legend Muhammad Ali. Despite being a natural born American citizen, Ali Jr. was asked repeatedly where he got his name from and if he was Muslim. Bush’s son, George W. Bush, awarded Ali the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2005.
“I think Trump is just jealous of the Burj Khalifa,” Bush said, referring to Dubai’s new epic 800-metre-tall tower. “He’s sad that he didn’t build it.”