Trump declared Wednesday a national day of mourning for the late Republican president.
As leaders around the world begin paying their respects to the late President George H.W. Bush, current President Donald Trump added his name to the list, tweeting out an official statement and a shorter, more personal tweet, while also declaring Wednesday December 5 a national day of mourning.
In the official statement, Trump praised Bush’s “essential authenticity, disarming wit, and unwavering commitment to faith, family, and country,” noting that he had “inspired generations of his fellow Americans to public service — to be, in his words, ‘a thousand points of light’ illuminating the greatness, hope, and opportunity of America to the world.”
It was a requisite mark of respect from Trump, who has previously made disparaging remarks about the Bush family and mocked H.W.’s campaign rhetoric. The older Republican statesman had little respect in return for Trump — a president whose political style could not be more antithetical from Bush Sr.’s own.
But in death, that tension was washed away; Trump praised Bush in the tweet he sent Saturday morning from the G20 gathering in Argentina, calling him a “truly wonderful man.”
President George H.W. Bush led a long, successful and beautiful life. Whenever I was with him I saw his absolute joy for life and true pride in his family. His accomplishments were great from beginning to end. He was a truly wonderful man and will be missed by all!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 1, 2018 The two Republican presidents have a fraught history
At times, drawn to the power of the presidency, Donald Trump sought Bush’s attention, but