Trump leads tributes to ‘in­spi­ra­tional’ Ge­orge Bush

Sunday Express - - A BREXIT DEAL IS STILL A COSTLY THREAT - By Berny Torre

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

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