03/01/2017 18:34 EST | Updated 03/02/2018 00:12 EST

George W. Bush warns against 'isolationist tendency' in US

LOS ANGELES — George W. Bush is warning against an "isolationist tendency" in the U.S. that he says is dangerous to national security.

The former president's remarks come at a time when Europeans have been skittish that President Donald Trump may promote isolationist policies, and Vice-President Mike Pence last month reassured allies in Europe about the U.S. willingness to maintain international partnerships.

Speaking Wednesday at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California, the 43rd president appeared to allude to the Iraq War, and warned that there is a lesson "when the United States decides not to take the lead and withdraw."

He said it was not his intent to criticize his successors at the White House and he is optimistic about the future.