The former president also called Rumsfeld “an arrogant fellow” and suggested that his lack of empathy made him a poor public servant in George W. Bush’s White House.

“I think he served the president badly,” H.W. Bush said. “I don’t like what he did, and I think it hurt the president having his iron-ass view of everything.”

“There’s a lack of humility, a lack of seeing what the other guy thinks. He’s more kick ass and take names, take numbers. I think he paid a price for that,” he said.

In a statement to NBC News, Rumsfeld said, “Bush 41 is getting up in years and misjudges Bush 43, who I found made his own decisions.”