Trump sets na­tional day of mourn­ing for Bush

Hartford Courant (Sunday) - - World & nation - By Del Quentin Wil­ber Los An­ge­les Times

LOS AN­GE­LES — Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump des­ig­nated Wed­nes­day as a na­tional day of mourn­ing for for­mer Pres­i­dent Ge­orge H.W. Bush, putting aside a long-run­ning feud with the Bush fam­ily and prais­ing the for­mer pres­i­dent for hav­ing “led a long, suc­cess­ful and beau­ti­ful life.”

Trump also signed an ex­ec­u­tive or­der on Satur­day di­rect­ing fed­eral agen­cies and de­part­ments to close “as a mark of re­spect for Ge­orge Her­bert Walker Bush.”

“When­ever I was with him I saw his ab­so­lute joy for life and true price in his fam­ily,” Trump said ear­lier on Twit­ter. “His ac­com­plish­ments were great from be­gin­ning to end. He was a truly won­der­ful man and will be missed by all!”

Bush, who was pres­i­dent from 1989 to 1993 and vice pres­i­dent un­der Pres­i­dent Ron­ald Rea­gan from 1981 to 1989, died Fri­day night. He was 94.

Sarah Huck­abee Sand- ers, Trump’s press sec­re­tary, said a state fu­neral would be held Wed­nes­day at the Na­tional Cathe­dral in Wash­ing­ton. Trump plans to at­tend the ser­vice, San­ders said in a state­ment.

Bush’s death prompted an out­pour­ing of praise from law­mak­ers, for­mer pres­i­dents and for­eign lead­ers who re­called his long ca­reer in pub­lic ser­vice and his lead­er­ship dur­ing the fi­nal years of the Cold War and a suc­cess­ful U.S. mil­i­tary of­fen­sive in Iraq.

For­mer Pres­i­dent Barack Obama, who re­cently vis­ited Bush in the hos­pi­tal, said in a state­ment: “While our hearts are heavy to­day, they are also filled with grat­i­tude. Our thoughts are with the en­tire Bush fam­ily tonight — and all who were in­spired by Ge­orge and Bar­bara’s ex­am­ple.”

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

The pres­i­dent had been sched­uled to give a press con­fer­ence Satur­day but an­nounced he was can­cel­ing the event “out of re­spect for the Bush Fam­ily and for­mer Pres­i­dent Ge­orge H.W. Bush.” He said he would hold a news con­fer­ence af­ter the fu­neral.

It will be the first ma­jor na­tional fu­neral ser­vice that Trump will at­tend as pres­i­dent.

He did not at­tend the last ma­jor fu­neral in Wash­ing­ton, that of Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. The pres­i­dent and McCain had a con­tentious and testy re­la­tion­ship, and Trump was not wel­come at McCain’s ser­vice, also at the Na­tional Cathe­dral, on Sept. 1.

He has also had a frosty re­la­tion­ship with the Bush fam­ily and skipped the fu­neral of for­mer the for­mer pres­i­dent’s wife, Bar­bara Bush, who died in April.

But on Satur­day, the pres­i­dent and his wife, Me­la­nia, in a state­ment hailed Bush for “his es­sen­tial au­then­tic­ity, dis­arm­ing wit, and un­wa­ver­ing com­mit­ment to faith, fam­ily, and coun­try.

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