Trump Praises Bush as 'A High-Quality Man'


The Queen, Donald Trump and the Dalai Lama led tributes to the former United States president George HW Bush who has died at the age of 94.

"We didn't agree much on domestic policy, but when it came to the global side of things, he was a very wise and thoughtful man", former Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis, a Democrat who lost the presidency to Bush in 1988, told The Associated Press on Saturday.

The days-long national farewell to Bush will begin Monday with a commemoration in Houston, where the Bushes lived for years and where he died on Friday surrounded by friends and family. There will be very tough times, made even more hard by criticism you may not think is fair.

Bush died at his home in Houston Friday night.

An arrival ceremony involving both the House and Senate will be held at 4:45 p.m. ET on Monday at the US Capitol, where Bush will lie in state in the rotunda until Wednesday morning.

At the presidential library on Saturday, people came to sign the memorial book in Bush's honour, or lay flowers at the feet of his statue.

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The casket will then be flown back to College Station, Texas for Bush's burial. He ran against one of Bush's sons, Jeb Bush, in the GOP presidential primaries in 2016, and was sharply critical of the two-term presidency of another, George W. Bush.

Clinton said the two men had a respectful friendship during his own presidency, but it was after that they truly got to know each other, when President George W. Bush asked his father and Clinton to be involved in US relief efforts for the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami disaster and Hurricane Karina in 2005. He credited Bush's ability to negotiate with former Soviet Premier Mikhail Gorbachev as playing a key role.

"President Bush guided our nation and the world to a peaceful and victorious conclusion of the Cold War", the Trumps wrote. The president and first lady Melania Trump added that Bush had "inspired generations of his fellow Americans to public service". But each time he was hospitalized, each time loved ones thought that time might be the last, Bush rallied and was released, free to return to his home in Houston or the family compound in Kennebunkport, Maine.

George W. Bush issued a statement, stating his father was "a man of the highest character and the best dad a son or daughter could ask for".

Meanwhile, Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe wrote that Bush was "a humble, well-respected political figure while serving and through his many years post-presidency". With President Bush's passing, the United States has lost one its greatest statesmen.