Former President George Bush says it is time for the United States to abandon its support of ousted Haitian leader Jean-Bertrand Aristide and to urge instead new elections on the Caribbean island nation.

In an address to the National Hardware Association convention Monday, Bush, who sent troops into Kuwait, said under no circumstances should the United States send troops into Haiti."I think we ought to continue to support democracy. I think we ought to get (Aristide) to step aside," he said.

Bush also criticized President Clinton for what he called indecision and lack of leadership in foreign affairs.