George H.W. Bush - the upper-crust war hero-turned-oilman and diplomat who steered America through the end of the Cold War as president and led a political dynasty that saw his son win the White House - died Friday.
President Trump, who is in Buenos Aires for a Group of 20 summit, had planned to hold a news conference to tout the accomplishments of the meeting, but postponed the conference until he returns to the States.
"President Bush's Space Exploration Initiative helped us to think big and long-term about space". He was a compassionate American president and respected worldwide leader. "We honor him as a devoted husband, father and grandfather, a man of deep conviction who dedicated his life in service to country, family and faith". Celebrities and politicians alike, including talk show host Ellen DeGeneres and former President Barack Obama, remembered the 41st commander in chief as a "leader", a "patriot", and an "authentic caring human being". Mr Bush passed away in Houston, from causes not yet officially disclosed.
The cause of death has not yet been revealed but Bush had a form of Parkinson's disease and had been hospitalised several times for pneumonia and other infections in recent years.
Trump was set to speak by phone Saturday with George W. Bush, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said, to "offer his condolences on behalf of himself, the first lady, and the entire country".
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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.
Trump, the 45th president, paid tribute to "the life and legacy of 41". "We have the watch", the U.S. Navy posted on Twitter along with a photo of Bush in his Navy attire.
But Bush didn't like to brag, according to Chris Buckley, who was a speechwriter for Bush.
McCain's memorial services - which culminated with a funeral at Washington's Washington National Cathedral attended by heads of state, military brass and other elites - amounted to an extraordinary repudiation of Trump's presidency and a melancholy last hurrah for all that had been lost in the Trump era.