Former US Republican President George HW Bush dies aged 94 in Texas

Late George H.W. Bush valued ‘constructive dialogue’ with Russia – Putin

Late George H.W. Bush valued ‘constructive dialogue’ with Russia – Putin

Michael Dukakis, who lost to George H.R. Bush in the 1988 presidential election, said Saturday that his former political foe's legacy was his effort to help end the Cold War.

While Mr Trump spoke graciously of Mr Bush, he has not always been so kind to the former president or his family. Melania Trump did attend that service in Houston, where she posed for a photograph along with George H.W. Bush, Obama, former first lady Michelle Obama, George W. Bush, former first lady Laura Bush, Clinton and former first lady Hillary Clinton.

Current President Trump also shared a few words, saying that Bush had "sound judgement" and "common sense".

The president will be honored with a state funeral on Wednesday.

"Jeb, Neil, Marvin, Doro, and I are saddened to announce that after 94 remarkable years, our dad has died", said his son, George W. Bush.

He canceled a planned news conference for Saturday afternoon, tweeting that he would not field questions from journalists "out of respect for the Bush family and former President George H.W. Bush".

The proclamation hails Bush as "one of America's greatest points of light", a reference to one of the former leader's signature phrases about the impact of American civic culture. "As president, he set the stage for the decades of prosperity that have followed". His rhetorical calling card as president was the concept of a "thousand points of light", meant to symbolize the power of individual citizens to better their communities through volunteer service.

Dukakis praised Bush for being willing to work with Democrats - unlike, he said, fellow Republican President Donald Trump. But he made clear what he thought of Trump. I know what he would say: "Nonsense". "When I was working for him when he was vice president, you couldn't get him to talk about his war record".

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