President Donald J. Trump and Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo join a grieving Nation to mourn the loss of former President George H.W. Bush, who passed away last night. A veteran of World War II, former President Bush served as a Congressman from Texas, the U.S. Representative to the United Nations, the U.S. envoy to China, Director of Central Intelligence, Vice President of the United States, and President of the United States.
President Trump said, "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."
In a statement, Secretary Pompeo said, "Devoted husband, loving father, steadfast friend, exemplary patriot: this is how I will always remember President George H. W. Bush. Whether he was serving in the skies over the Pacific during World War II, protecting America at CIA headquarters, or leading our nation in the Oval Office, President Bush was one of America’s most consequential and dedicated public servants. In his private life, he was a devoted family man who exuded kindness and respect to everyone he met.
"I am privileged to have known him as a friend, and I will always treasure the special bond we shared of having led the world’s finest intelligence service. Though our hearts are heavy today, we take comfort in knowing he is no longer apart from his beloved wife Barbara. My thoughts and prayers, as well as those of my State Department colleagues, are with the entire Bush family."