Friday, 14 December, 2018

Trump declares national day of mourning for George HW Bush

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Laurie Berry | 08 December, 2018, 05:24

In a proclamation signed Saturday hours after Bush died, Trump is also designating Wednesday as a national day of mourning.

Former prime minister Stephen Harper tweeted that Bush was "a conservative leader and deeply devoted family man" who leaves behind an incredible legacy. "And I'm not too excited about him being a leader".

George Bush Presidential Library and Museum Audiovisual ArchivePrescott and Dorothy Bush are pictured above.

"We are grateful today for the life and service of President George H.W. Bush", said the statement, released by the church's First Presidency. "And, I would argue, set the best example for how to conduct yourself in the post-presidency".

Bush Sr was America's 41st president holding office between 1989 and 1993, and is credited with helping to end the Cold War.

Trump also announced that he has authorized the use of the iconic Boeing 747 presidential aircraft, known as Air Force One whenever a president is on board, to transport Bush's remains to Washington - a customary honor for a former president.

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In her message to US President Donald Trump and the American people, the monarch described Mr Bush as "a great friend and ally of the United Kingdom" and a patriot who served his country with honour and distinction. "Vice President of the United States".

"George HW Bush's life is a testament to the notion that public service is a noble, joyous calling".

In a statement issued after Bush's death, the president and first lady Melania Trump said Bush had "inspired generations of his fellow Americans to public service".

While Mr Trump spoke graciously of Mr Bush, he has not always been so kind to the former president or his family. But he made clear what he thought of Trump.

Mulroney said Bush asked him three years ago if he would speak at his funeral, and he said he'd be "honoured" to do it.

"The President noted it was humanity's destiny to explore, and America's destiny to lead".

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