President Trump Will Attend the Funeral of George H. W. Bush

Late George H.W. Bush valued ‘constructive dialogue’ with Russia – Putin

Late George H.W. Bush valued ‘constructive dialogue’ with Russia – Putin

Trump said he spoke with former President George W. Bush and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush to express his sympathies.

"President Bush is a personal hero of mine and a major inspiration in my life".

Donald Trump will attend the state funeral for George HW Bush, despite being vocal in the past of his criticism of much of what his presidential predecessor had stood for.

"President Bush's Space Exploration Initiative helped us to think big and long-term about space".

Bush first met with church leaders in 1982 while vice president.

US President George H.W. Bush is seen at the White House after he addressed US troops defending Saudi Arabia August 29, 1990.

A World War II veteran, President Bush's service to the nation spanned decades and across numerous roles from serving as a member of Congress, Ambassador to the United Nations, and Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. Mr Bush passed away in Houston, from causes not yet officially disclosed.

Bush served as president from 1989-1993, entering office during a period of global upheaval.

Trump, the 45th president, paid tribute to "the life and legacy of 41".

"Condolences to the Bush family and the people of US on the passing away of former President George HW Bush. Cathy and I extend our deepest condolences to the Bush family and join the nation in mourning the death of one that history will remember as one of our greatest leaders".

Sen. Susan Collins of ME described a U.S. Navy anchor monument in the coastal town of Kennebunkport - a gift from the community to Bush, who had an estate there.

Trump hails Bush as "one of America's greatest points of light", a reference to one of the former leader's signature phrases about American civic culture.

The stock exchange will observe a moment of silence on Monday "and plans to be closed on December 5, the national day of mourning designated by President Trump", Nasdaq spokesman Will Briganti said.

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