Bush to lie in state in Capitol Rotunda next week

Bush to lie in state in Capitol Rotunda next week

Former President George Herbert Walker Bush, 41st president of the United States, has died at age 94.

"Condolences to the Bush family and the people of U.S. on the passing away of former President George HW Bush". President Donald Trump is expected to attend.

Former President George W. Bush called him "the best dad a son or daughter could ask for". It coincided with a swing in the nation as a whole toward more tribal politics.

In August 2015, Trump tweeted a dig at the presidency of George H.W. Bush, writing: "The last thing we need is another Bush in the White House". He was an honorable, gracious and decent man who believed in the United States, our Constitution, our institutions and our shared future.

When the monarch visited George Bush Snr's son George W Bush in 2007 Washington during his presidential term, she was reunited with the former American leader at a return dinner she hosted at the ambassador's residence.

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"It is with great sadness that we mark the passing of one of America's greatest points of light", Trump said in a statement.

Mr Trump has cancelled a planned news conference at the G20 summit in Argentina "out of respect for President Bush and his family".

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

At a campaign rally in Montana on July 5, 2018, Trump had mocked the phrase, contrasting it to his own campaign slogan, "Thousand points of light, I never quite got that one".

He added, "President Bush always found a way to set the bar higher". And it drove his political advisers insane because they'd say, 'My God, you've got a war hero here, you've got to oomph it up!' But if I put that in one of his speech texts, about how he was shot down at the age of 20, he would take it out. But he made clear what he thought of Trump.

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