Trumps to attend state funeral for George H.W. Bush

Trumps to attend state funeral for George H.W. Bush

"President Bush is a personal hero of mine and a major inspiration in my life".

Trump also announced that he has authorized the use of the iconic Boeing 747 presidential aircraft, known as Air Force One whenever a president is on board, to transport Bush's remains to Washington - a customary honor for a former president.

The Associated Press imparts a similar story about how Bush received his nickname but reveals that he didn't like being called it. He would later serve as an unofficial ambassador to China and director of the Central Intelligence Agency before first running for president in 1980, when he was defeated in the primary race by Ronald Reagan, who would later select Bush as his vice president.

The Queen also visited him in the U.S. in 1991 - the trip that led to "Podiumgate" - when all that could be seen of the Queen above the lectern when she was delivering an address on the White House lawn was her hat.

Despite years of deep animosity between Trump and the Bush family, who represent divergent brands of Republicanism, Trump showered praise on Bush's legacy as a World War II veteran and lifelong public servant.

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Tributes have begun to pour in for former President George H.W. Bush, who died Friday at the age of 94. He worked as an executive banker on Wall Street and then served on the U.S. Senate representing CT from 1952 to 1963.

"It is with great sadness that we mark the passing of one of America's greatest points of light", Trump said in a statement. Gen. Brent Scowcroft, his national security adviser, said, "The world has lost a great leader; this country has lost one of its best and I have lost one of my dearest friends".

"President George H.W. Bush lived a life of public service that demonstrated an unquestionable dedication and love of his country". As President, he saw the fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of the Soviet Union. "I don't know much about him, but I know he's a blowhard", the elder Bush said.

The AP quotes Bush's wife, Barbara, as saying in her memoir that George Bush "hated" the nickname as he got older, "but it was hard to break such a long-standing habit".