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Jenna Bush Hager is all here for her, regardless of the criticism the pair has been receiving.
Last month, eagle-eyed fans spotted the comedian sitting next to the former president during a matchup between the Dallas Cowboys and Green Bay Packers. And not everyone was happy about it.
DeGeneres made light of the situation on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" a couple days later, calling for more tolerance and kindness while standing up for their unorthodox friendship.
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"Here’s the thing," she said. "I’m friends with George Bush. In fact, I’m friends with a lot of people who don’t share the same beliefs that I have. We’re all different and I think that we've forgotten that that’s OK."
Hager said the former president's relationship with DeGeneres shouldn't be surprising because of his character.
"My dad likes people that think differently than him, that believe differently, and people are surprised by this," Hager said. "But my parents raised both (twin sister) Barbara and I had to have our own opinions."
The "Today" co-host said the former president worked with people who had different lifestyles and beliefs than him.
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"If you ask anybody that’s worked for him or knows him, plenty of the people that worked for him have different opinions or different lifestyles, thought different things and felt comfortable sharing that with him because he’s open," she told the outlet.
Hager noted that it's important to see people who have differences in opinion being friends.
“I personally, and I think so many of us, miss a time where people who have different opinions get along," she said. "And I yearn for that. I want my kids to realize that we live in a world when people are think tons of different things and we treat everybody with respect and kindness."
Contributing: Cydney Henderson
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Former detainees at Guantanamo request hearing of Bush and Rumsfeld in France
The judicial inquiry, opened since 2005 after a complaint by the French Nizar Sassi and Mourad Benchellali, ended without any US officials being prosecuted .
Former French Guantanamo detainees who have lodged a complaint for arbitrary detention and torture, have requested the hearing in France of former President George W. Bush and his former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, their lawyers William Bourdon were told on Thursday.
The judicial investigation, opened since 2005 after a complaint of the French Nizar Sassi and Mourad Benchellali, ended without any US official is prosecuted and the Paris prosecutor's office requested April 19 a dismissal.
It is now up to the investigating judge to decide.
"A number of investigations are still needed today to shed light on the facts, extremely serious, suffered by my clients," said Bourdon, who asked the judge to hear several former senior US officials including George W. Bush.
The former President of the United States (2001-2009) "ratified, on September 17, 2001, a directive authorizing the CIA to kill, capture, detain, interrogate persons suspected of belonging to al-Qaeda" and " endorsed the use of torture, "he said in his application, which AFP has knowledge.
As for Donald Rumsfeld, "the FBI itself said that + hooding + prisoners, the threat of violence and the use of techniques designed to humiliate them were validated at a high level within the Department of Justice. State Defense, "he adds.
He also wants the investigating judge to issue a warrant or even an arrest warrant against Geoffrey Miller, commander of the Guantanamo base from November 2002 to April 2004.
Ex-detainees had already asked for the hearing of the general. The magistrate had refused to summon him, but the investigating chamber had ordered his hearing in April 2015. At the end of 2016, the US Department of Justice responded that it could not send him a summons because this request could harm the "essential interests" of the nation.
Nizar Sassi and Mourad Benchellali were arrested in Pakistan after September 11, 2001 and handed over to the US military and detained until 2004 at the Cuban-based military base. They were then sent back to France, where they were definitively sentenced to one year in prison for having joined Afghanistan between 2000 and 2001 with jihadist aims.
Deafening music, flash of light, violent interrogations, detention in cages, use of dogs: the former detainees, joined in the procedure by another Frenchman passed by Guantanamo, had described conditions of inhuman treatment and the investigation had been widened to torture facts.
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