Bush in­spired gen­er­a­tions, Trumps say

The Peterborough Examiner - - Canada & World -

BUENOS AIRES, AR­GENTINA — U.S. Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump and first lady Me­la­nia Trump on Satur­day mourned the pass­ing of for­mer pres­i­dent Ge­orge H.W. Bush, re­mem­ber­ing him as a man of “sound judg­ment, com­mon sense and un­flap­pable lead­er­ship.”

In a state­ment is­sued hours af­ter Bush’s death on Fri­day, the Trumps said that Bush had “in­spired gen­er­a­tions of his fel­low Amer­i­cans to pub­lic ser­vice.”

Bush, who served as pres­i­dent from 1989 to 1993, was 94.

The White House an­nounced Satur­day that the Trumps would at­tend a state fu­neral for the for­mer pres­i­dent at Wash­ing­ton’s Na­tional Cathe­dral.

“Pres­i­dent Bush guided our na­tion and the world to a peace­ful and vic­to­ri­ous con­clu­sion of the Cold War,” the Trumps wrote. “As Pres­i­dent, he set the stage for the decades of pros­per­ity that have fol­lowed.”

“And through all that he ac­com­plished, he re­mained hum­ble, fol­low­ing the quiet call to ser­vice that gave him a clear sense of di­rec­tion.”

The Trumps were in­formed of Bush’s death late Fri­day while in Buenos Aires, Ar­gentina, for the Group of 20 sum­mit.

Trump, who up­ended the GOP es­tab­lish­ment with his in­sur­gent pres­i­den­tial cam­paign, has had a frac­tious re­la­tion­ship with the Bush fam­ily over the years. He ran against one of Bush’s sons, Jeb Bush, in the GOP pri­maries in 2016, and he was sharply crit­i­cal of Ge­orge W. Bush.

Trump was set to speak by phone Satur­day with Ge­orge W. Bush, White House press sec­re­tary Sarah San­ders said, to “of­fer his con­do­lences on be­half of him­self, the first lady and the en­tire coun­try.”

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