Trump leads tributes to ‘inspirational’ George Bush
WORLD figures including the Queen paid tribute to former US president George HW Bush, who died on Friday aged 94.
Mr Bush served as the 41st US president between 1989 and 1993, and oversaw the first Gulf War. The former Republican leader died at home, eight months after his wife Barbara passed away at the age of 92.
The US flag was lowered to half mast at the White House after his son, former US president George Bush Jnr, announced his father had died at 4.10am GMT yesterday. President Donald Trump, currently attending the G20 conference in Argentina, said in a joint statement with his wife Melania: “Through his essential authenticity, disarming wit, and unwavering commitment to faith, family, and country, president Bush inspired generations of his fellow Americans to public service – to be, in his words, ‘a thousand points of light’ illuminating the greatness, hope, and opportunity of America to the world.” The last Soviet-era leader Mikhail Gorbachev, 87, hailed Mr Bush Snr’s contribution to ending the Cold War and their nations’ nuclear arms race. He said: “I pay tribute to George Bush’s contribution towards this historic achievement. He was a genuine partner.”
The Queen also remembered him fondly. In a message to Mr Trump she said: “President Bush was a great friend and ally of the UK. Prince Philip and I remember our days in Texas in 1991 with great fondness.
Former Conservative prime minister Sir
John Major said: “I feel privileged to have worked with him, and even more privileged that he became a lifelong friend. He was, quite simply, one of the most deep down decent people I have ever known. He was above all else a family man and, for him, the American people were part of that family.”
Prime Minister Theresa May said: “Today Britain remembers a great statesman and a true friend of our country. President HW
Bush’s ethos of public service was the guiding thread of his life and an example to us all.”
George Bush Jnr said in a statement his father was “a man of the highest character and the best dad a son or daughter could ask for”.
In April, Mr Bush Snr was admitted to hospital with a blood infection but was discharged. He was also being treated for a form of Parkinson’s disease.
ADMIRED: George Bush Snr