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12/01/2018 01:08 am ET Updated Dec 01, 2018

Donald Trump Reacts To Death Of George H.W. Bush

The 41st president died Friday at age 94.

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump issued a statement on the death of former President George H.W. Bush, praising his “sound judgement, common sense, and unflappable leadership.”

Bush died Friday at the age of 94.

Flags at the White House were lowered to half-staff in Bush’s honor early Saturday morning. The president and first lady were in Argentina for the G-20 summit.

Bush refrained from publicly supporting Trump throughout his 2016 election campaign and first years in the White House. The 41st president revealed to author Mark Updegrove that he voted for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election. In a May 2016 interview with Updegrove, Bush called Trump a “blowhard.”

The White House said the Trumps are expected to attend Bush’s funeral at the Washington National Cathedral. The president did not attend former first lady Barbara Bush’s funeral in April, and he was reportedly told not to attend the funeral of Arizona Sen. John McCain this summer.

Read the Trumps’ full statement below:

Melania and I join with a grieving Nation to mourn the loss of former President George H.W. Bush, who passed away last night.

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.

President Bush always found a way to set the bar higher. As a young man, he captained the Yale baseball team, and then went on to serve as the youngest aviator in the United States Navy during the Second World War. Later in life, he rose to the pinnacle of American politics as a Congressman from Texas, envoy to China, Director of Central Intelligence, Vice President of eight years to President Ronald Reagan, and finally President of the United States.

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. 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.

Along with his full life of service to country, we will remember President Bush for his devotion to family—especially the love of his life, Barbara. His example lives on, and will continue to stir future Americans to pursue a greater cause. Our hearts ache with his loss, and we, with the American people, send our prayers to the entire Bush family, as we honor the life and legacy of 41.

Trump later tweeted his own personal message:

The first lady, meanwhile, tweeted that her “heart goes out to the entire Bush family.”

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