ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Tributes to former U.S. President George H.W.
Bush, who died at the age of 94, poured in from around the world on Saturday as global leaders honored him for his role in helping to end the Cold War and reduce the threat of nuclear annihilation.
Bush, the 41st U.S. president who served in the office from 1989 to 1993, also routed President Saddam Hussein's Iraqi army in the 1991 Gulf War but lost his chance for a second term in the White House after breaking a no-new-taxes pledge.
"Many of my memories are linked to him," said Mikhail Gorbachev, the last leader of the Soviet Union, with whom Bush signed a strategic arms reduction treaty that scaled back the two countries' nuclear arsenals.
"We happened to work together in years of great changes.
It was a dramatic time demanding huge responsibility from everyone," Russia's Interfax news agency quoted Gorbachev as saying.
Bush, who also served for eight years as U.S. vice president during Ronald Reagan's two-term presidency and earlier as head of the CIA, died on Friday night at his home in Houston.
His death was announced by his longtime spokesman Jim McGrath.
The White House said a state funeral will be held on Wednesday at the National Cathedral in Washington.
Trump, who plans to attend the funeral with first lady Melania Trump, also designated Wednesday as a national day of mourning, and ordered the lowering of the American flag for 30 days.
Bush, a U.S. naval aviator during World War Two, was the father of former President George W.
Bush, who served two terms in the White House in the 2000s, and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, who unsuccessfully sought the 2016 Republican nomination for president.
Like his sons, he was a Republican.
After falling short of his party's presidential nomination in 1980, Bush ran for the presidency again in 1988 and defeated Massachusetts Democrat Michael Dukakis, winning 40 of the 50 U.S. states.
His death came seven months after that of his wife, former first lady Barbara Bush, to whom he was married for 73 years.
He was admitted to a Houston hospital with a blood infection that led to sepsis a day after her funeral in April.
"The entire Bush family is deeply grateful for 41's life and love, for the compassion of those who have cared and prayed for Dad, and for the condolences of our friends and fellow citizens," George W.
Bush said in a statement.
Trump said he spoke on Saturday to George W.
Bush and Jeb Bush about their father's death.
George Herbert Walker Bush, a Connecticut Yankee who came to Texas to be an oilman, died as the patriarch of a Republican political dynasty.
He and George W.
Bush were only the second father and son to hold the office of president, after John Adams (1797-1801) and John Quincy Adams (1825-1829).
His second son, Jeb, undertook his own campaign for the presidency in 2015 before dropping out.
Bush's father, Prescott Bush, was a U.S. senator from Connecticut.
Trump signed an order closing the federal government on Wednesday in a show of respect for Bush.
The New York Stock Exchange and Nasdaq will also be closed on Wednesday in his honor.
Bush's body will arrive at the U.S. Capitol on Monday and lie in state through Wednesday morning.
The public will be able to line up to view Bush's casket continuously from Monday evening until Wednesday morning.
Trump said the presidential plane will be flown to Houston to bring Bush's body to Washington after Trump returns from Argentina.
Bush's body will be returned to Houston on Wednesday and a service will be held on Thursday at St.
Martin's Episcopal Church there.
Bush's casket will then travel by train from nearby Spring, Texas to College Station.
He will be buried on Thursday on the grounds of his presidential library at Texas A&M University, the school said.
He will be buried in a family plot next to his late wife.