President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump joined the chorus of voices praising former President George H. W. Bush for his lifetime of service following the 41st president's death Friday night. Bush passed away in his home in Houston.
Statement from President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump on the Passing of Former President George H.W. Bush pic.twitter.com/qxPsp4Ggs7— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 1, 2018
Trump has also ordered the flags in Washington at half-staff for 30 days and he has moved the date of a press conference with Argentina out of respect for the Bush family.
I was very much looking forward to having a press conference just prior to leaving Argentina because we have had such great success in our dealing with various countries and their leaders at the G20....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 1, 2018
....However, out of respect for the Bush Family and former President George H.W. Bush we will wait until after the funeral to have a press conference.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 1, 2018
Former President Obama also praised Bush for his humility while writing his own condolences.
America has lost a patriot and humble servant in George Herbert Walker Bush. 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. pic.twitter.com/g9OUPu2pjY— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) December 1, 2018
Bush was 94 years old. His wife, former First Lady Barbara Bush, passed away last April.