Trump praises George H.W. Bush’s ‘essential authenticity’, ‘disarming wit’, ‘unwavering commitment to faith’ and says he always ‘set the bar higher’ in tribute to the late president
- George H.W. Bush advocated a “kinder, gentler” conservatism.
- He also pursued policies that helped topple the Soviet empire and initiated military campaigns that ousted Panamanian strongman Manuel Noriega and crippled Iraq’s Saddam Hussein.
- His pledge, “Read my lips, no new taxes,” came back to haunt him when he lost his bid for a second term to Bill Clinton.
- The lifelong Republican and father of President George W. Bush voted for Hillary Clinton in the Democrat’s failed run against Donald Trump in 2016.
The Republican spent decades serving in government before ascending to the nation’s highest office, having served as United Nations ambassador, CIA chief and vice president under Ronald Reagan, a towering political figure still venerated by the GOP.
Bush advocated a “kinder, gentler” form of conservatism, pursued policies that helped topple the Soviet empire and initiated military campaigns that ousted one foreign dictator while crippling another. He lived longer than any other U.S. president, and presided over the demise of the Cold War, punctuated by the fall of the Berlin Wall.
President Donald Trump, who rose to power by railing against the Republican establishment embodied by the Bush family, hailed the 41st president as a man of “sound judgement,common sense and unflappable leadership,” a statement from the White House read.
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,” Trump said.