Politicians on both sides of the aisle — along with foreign leaders, including Russian President Vladimir Putin — are mourning the late Friday night passing of former President George H.W. Bush.
President Trump, who has been publicly critical of the Bush family, tweeted that Bush "led a long, successful and beautiful life. Whenever I was with him I saw his absolute joy for life and true pride in his family."
President Trump and first lady Melania Trump said in a statement that Bush's "example lives on, and will continue to stir future Americans to pursue a greater cause." Trump also tweeted that Bush's "accomplishments were great from beginning to end. He was a truly wonderful man and will be missed by all!"
Former President Barack Obama said in a statement that Bush's legacy of public service "may never be matched, even though he'd want all of us to try."
The Clintons said in a statement that "[f]ew Americans have been—or will ever be—able to match President Bush’s record of service to the United States and the joy he took every day from it."
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Russian President Vladimir Putin said, in a statement to President George W. Bush: "I was lucky to meet your father more than once. I remember with particular warmth how he organized our meeting in his wonderful estate in Kennebunkport."
French President Emmanuel Macron said Bush "was a world leader, who strongly supported the alliances with Europe."
British Prime Minister Theresa May called Bush "a true friend to the UK...His statesmanship, wisdom and friendship will be much missed."
Former Vice President Al Gore said he'd remember Bush "for his personal kindness and for his love of this country."
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Bush "was one of America’s most consequential and dedicated public servants."
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Bush's example "will long guide our Sailors, Soldiers, Airmen and Marines for how to live without regret."
Energy Secretary and former Governor of Texas Rick Perry said, "We all were better knowing this fine gentleman. Gig ‘em & God Bless."
Texas Governor Greg Abbott said Bush "was a friend to all he met, he embodied class and dignity."
The U.S. Navy tweeted: "Fair winds and following seas, Sir. We have the watch."
Former CIA Director John Brennan called Bush "an American who made us all proud."
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Bush "brought clear-eyed, principled leadership to a nation and world in transition," as president.
Senator Chuck Schumer said that "even when he opposed your views, you knew he was doing what he thought was best for America."