BUENOS AIRES – President Trump plans to attend the funeral of former President George H.W. to participate in Washington. Bush and names next Wednesday a national day of mourning in honor of the 41st President, said the White House on Saturday.
Despite years of intense hostility between Trump and the Bush family, representing different brands of republicanism, Trump praised Bush's legacy as a veteran and lifelong official of World War II.
Trump's reconciling gestures came from Argentina He participates in the group of 20 summits in Buenos Aires. He canceled a scheduled Saturday afternoon press conference and tweeted that he would not ask questions from journalists, "out of respect for the Bush family and former President George HW Bush."
Trump was informed overnight of Bush's death and Plante planned to speak with the late President's son, former President George W. Bush, by telephone to express condolences, according to a statement by the White House press secretary, Sarah Sanders.
"President George HW Bush has a long, successful history and beautiful life, "Trump wrote on Twitter on Saturday morning." Whenever I was with him, I saw his utter joie de vivre and all his pride in his family. "His accomplishments were great from beginning to end.He was a truly wonderful man and will be missed by all! "
President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump become George H.W. Bush's funeral at the Washington National Cathedral, Sanders said. "A state funeral is arranged with all attendant grants and honors," she said in a statement.
The White House also issued a Presidential proclamation in which the American flag was placed in half of the White House and the White House in all public buildings and facilities, in all military posts, and through US embassies and consular offices in the United States following 30 days.
"President Bush led a great American life that united and personified two of the greatest virtues of our nation: entrepreneurship and public service obligations," states the proclamation issued in the name of Trump. "Our country will miss its inspirational example very much."
Trump did not attend the last major funeral in Washington, former Senator John McCain of Arizona. The President had been a long-term enemy of McCain, and the McCain family made it clear he was not welcomed to the services attended by former Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush, and Bill Clinton. McCain's memorial services culminated The funeral of the Washington National Cathedral in Washington, attended by heads of state, military brass, and other elites, meant an extraordinary rejection of Trump's presidency and a melancholy final hurray for everything that had been lost in the Trump era.
It was not clear if Bush's burial – as a New England-born patrician in his critique of Trump more restrained than the pronounced McCain – wear the same tone, especially considering Trump will be there.
Trump did not attend the funeral of former First Lady Barbara Bush. Melania Trump attended this service in Houston where, together with George H.W. posed for a photo. Bush, Obama, former First Lady Michelle Obama, George W. Bush, former First Lady Laura Bush, Clinton and former First Lady Hillary Clinton.
Trump's admiration for George H.W. Bush has more than three years of hostility between the current president and the Bush family. During the 2016 Republican presidential primaries, Trump mercilessly mocked one of his sons, Jeb Bush, as "low-energy" and attacked another of his sons, George W. Bush's policies. Trump repeatedly described the Iraq war as one of America's biggest foreign policy failures.
Of course, Trump prevailed over Jeb Bush and the family forces, and in the parliamentary elections, lifelong Republican George H.W. Bush did not approve of his party's candidate. He was reportedly in favor of the Democratic candidate, Hillary Clinton, but a spokesman refused to confirm these reports.
In a statement made by the White House on early Saturday, Trump honored Bush's public service recordings during his time as a Navy pilot during World War II on his Texas Congress delegate, envoy to China, and director of Central Intelligence Agency, and his eight years as vice president and four as president.
"Through its essential authenticity, disarming wit, President Bush, and his unwavering commitment to faith, family, and land, generations of his American fellow citizens have inspired public service – in his words," a thousand points of light, "the grandeur of the world Enlightening, Hope and Chance of America, "Trump wrote.
That was a departure from Trump's comments at a Montana rally last summer, where he mocked the" thousand points of light "phrase Bush had famously described Americans.
"You know all the rhetoric:" Thousands of points of light, "Trump asked the Montana crowd. "What the hell was that?" What does that mean? I know one thing: "Make America Great Again," we understand. "We're putting America on," we understand. "Thousand flashes of light?" I never got it, what the hell is It has been eradicated by a Republican. "
Trump's mockery was condemned by Bush's expanded political family, and Ari Fleischer, a former White House press secretary for George W. Bush, tweeted," That's right After a 94-year-old former president who promotes volunteerism, I do not mind that Potus is a fighter, I disapprove of being rude. "
Bush stayed away from Trump in but he made clear what he thought of Trump.
"I do not like him," Bush said in an interview with Mark K. Updegrove in May 2016 in his book, "The Last Republicans." He added that he think Trump was driven by "some ego".
"I do not know much about him, but I know he's a direct hit," Bush added. "And I'm not too excited that he's a leader."