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By Dennis Romero
President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump Praised Former President George H.W.
Bush called his philosophy “a thousand points of light” and his nonprofit dedicated to encouraging volunteerism was called Points of Light.
“Through his essential authenticity, disarming white , 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, “the Trumps said in a statement issued after Bush’s death was announced late Friday.
But President Trump was not always so gracious about Bush’s hope for a” child, gentler “nation.
During a July 5 political rally in Montana, Trump attacked Bush, saying, “Thousand points of light, I never quite got that one.”
“What the hell is that?” Trump said. “Has anyone ever figured that one out? And it was put out by a Republican, was not it? I know one thing, Make America Great Again we understand.” Putting America first we understand. “
The remarks were with disdain by those who were close to Bush. Ari Fleischer, who was son of George W. Bush’s White House press secretary, tweeted at the time “This is so uncalled for. Going after a 94-year-old, President’s promotion of volunteerism. ‘t mind potus being a fighter. I do mind him being rude. “
There was no love lost between Trump and George HW Bush. As a presidential candidate in 2016, Trump campaigned against his son, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, and mocked him incessantly, calling him “Low Energy” Jeb Bush.
About one year ago, the publication of historian Mark Updegrove’s book, “The Last Republicans,” featured quotes from George H.W. Bush.
“I do not like him,” Bush is quoted as saying. “I do not know much about him, but I know he’s a blowhard. And I’m not too excited about him being a leader.”
In April, when Bush’s wife and former first lady Barbara Bush died, Trump did not attend her funeral service, and the White House sent Melania Trump. Former presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton were in attendance.
On Saturday, the Trumps appeared to put the bad blood behind them.
“In addition to his full life of service, we will remember President Bush for his devotion to family – especially the love of his life, Barbara, “they said in their statement. “His example lives on, and will continue to stir future Americans to pursue a greater cause.”