U.S. and NMI flags lowered to half-staff in honor of 41st president


Bush, the 41st USA president who served in the office from 1989 to 1993, was remembered for his role in helping to end the Cold War and reduce the threat of nuclear annihilation, Reuters reports.

Later Saturday, before his meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the G-20 summit here, Trump said he had spoken by phone with Jeb Bush and former President George W. Bush, another of the deceased president's sons.

"He was a very fine man".

"I think it was a great and fitting tribute to him". "And I would argue far and away the best one-term president we've ever had", Baker told ABC's "This Week". "He was a terrific guy and he'll be missed".

The White House said a state funeral will be held on Wednesday at the National Cathedral in Washington. Various political leaders, including former President Barack Obama and current President Donald Trump, have sent out public statements commemorating Bush's legacy, with Obama praising the "legacy of service" Bush left behind as the 41st president of the United States.

Bush spokesman Jim McGrath tweeted a photo of the presidential plane on a tarmac Sunday afternoon. He had made it back to Houston in October, despite his increasingly frail health due to Parkinson's, but the 41st president, who had made the Bayou City his off-and-on home since the 1950s, continued to decline.

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In Texas, students, staff and visitors have been flocking to Bush's presidential library on the campus of Texas A&M University, with thousands of mourners paying their respects at a weekend candlelight vigil at a nearby pond and others contributing to growing flower memorials at Bush statues at both the library and a park in downtown Houston.

Bush will be buried next to his wife Barbara, who died in April, and their daughter Robin, who died of leukemia at age three.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Bush family during this hard time", said John Miller, head of America's VetDogs. "We would get video from all over the country of that locomotive", Finch said.

Later, the then US President Richard Nixon appointed Bush as the Ambassador to the United Nations. He led his country with skill and wisdom at the end of the Cold War and under his leadership our strategic relationship evolved into the strongest of alliances.

During his presidential term, he saw various revolutionary events such as the collapse of the Soviet Union; the end of the Cold War; the Berlin Wall fell, and Germany united within North Atlantic Treaty Organisation following 45 years of post-war division.

Last week, things took a decided turn for the worse, Baker said on ABC.