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Flags flown at half-staff for former President George H.W. Bush

Trump orders flags flown at half-staff for month

December 01, 2018 - 11:55 am
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HOUSTON (AP) — The Latest on the death of former President George H.W. Bush:

 

President Donald Trump is directing that American flags be flown at half-staff for 30 days to honor the memory of former President George H.W. Bush.

In a proclamation signed Saturday hours after Bush died, Trump is also designating Wednesday as a national day of mourning. Trump encourages Americans to gather in places of worship "to pay homage" to Bush's memory.

He adds: "I invite the people of the world who share our grief to join us in this solemn observance."

Trump hails Bush as "one of America's greatest points of light," a reference to one of the former leader's signature phrases about American civic culture.

At a campaign rally in Montana on July 5, 2018, Trump had mocked the phrase, contrasting it to his own campaign slogan, "Thousand points of light, I never quite got that one."

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Vice President Mike Pence and his wife, Karen, are joining in the tributes pouring in for the late president, George H.W. Bush.

They say Bush served his country with "modesty, integrity, and patriotism" and made the world "more peaceful, prosperous and secure."

Bush died Friday night at his home in Houston. Bush was praised after Gulf War in 1991 but lost his second bid for the White House amid a weak economy.

Bush will be honored with a state funeral at Washington's National Cathedral. That's according to White House press secretary Sarah Sanders, who says President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump will attend.

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel says former U.S. President George H.W. Bush was "a true friend" of her country, whose reunification 28 years ago he supported.

Merkel wrote to President Donald Trump Saturday that America has lost "a great patriot and statesman." Merkel, who grew up in communist East Germany, highlighted Bush's role in helping bring about German reunification in 1990, less than a year after the Berlin Wall fell.

Merkel said, "The German people had in him a true friend who recognized the significance of this historic hour and gave us his trust and support."

She added that "the courageous and peaceful revolution by people east of the Iron Curtain met with the courage and skill and of a statesman who, together with others, led Europe and the trans-Atlantic partnership through this upheaval and ushered in a new era."

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