After former First Lady Barbara Bush died in April, Trump did not attend her funeral, while First Lady Melania Trump did attend. In September, Trump did not attend Sen. John McCain‘s funeral, where former President Barack Obama and former President George W. Bush spoke.
In a presidential proclamation, Trump declared that Dec. 5 would be dedicated to Bush’s memory.
“I call on the American people to assemble on that day in their respective places of worship, there to pay homage to the memory of President George H.W. Bush,” the proclamation said. “I invite the people of the world who share our grief to join us in this solemn observance.”
The proclamation also called for United States flags to be flown at half-staff at the White House and across the country for 30 days in honor of Bush.
Trump declined to hold a press conference after attending the G20 summit in Argentina due to Bush’s death.
“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,” he tweeted on Saturday.
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“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,” he added.
“President George H.W. Bush led a long, successful and beautiful life,” he wrote. “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!”
“Through his essential authenticity, disarming wit, and unwavering commitment to faith, family, and country, President Bush 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,” the statement read.
“With sound judgement, common sense, and unflappable leadership, President Bush guided our Nation, and the world, to a peaceful and victorious conclusion of the Cold War,” the statement continued. “As President, he set the stage for the decades of prosperity that have followed. And through all that he accomplished, he remained humble, following the quiet call to service that gave him a clear sense of direction.”