George H. W. Bush dead at 94

George H. W. Bush dead at 94

His son George W. Bush, who served as the country's 43rd president, released a statement of his own from the family.

In 1971, Bush had recently lost a bid for election to the Senate, and was serving as President Richard Nixon's ambassador to the United Nations, a role he filled until 1973.

Family spokesman Jim McGrath said the 41st president died shortly after 10pm on Friday.

Bush was hospitalized in January 2017 for pneumonia, at which time they had to insert a breathing tube.

Bush's wife, Former First Lady Barbara Bush, died April 17 at the age of 92. It was the longest marriage among any US presidential couples. He joined the Navy at age 18 after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, served as a member of the House of Representatives from Texas, was ambassador to the United Nations and later the senior American envoy to China at a time when there was no USA ambassador in Beijing, and he served nearly a year as Central Intelligence Agency director. The World War II hero helped steer America through the end of the Cold War. Bush is expected to lie in state in the US Capitol.

Yet, in politics and global affairs, Bush was instinctively cautious and a natural pragmatist. He served as US ambassador to the United Nations in the early 1970s, chairman of the Republican National Committee a short time later, then as chief USA envoy to China in the mid-1970s.

President Donald Trump's White House adviser Kellyanne Conway thanked Bush for his service.

President Bush always found a way to set the bar higher. In 1988, I cast my first vote for President for him. Dan Quayle of IN as his running mate, and won, IN 1988.

The elder Mr Bush's prime interest was foreign policy.

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In 1989, he ordered 24,000 USA troops into Panama with the goal of removing Manuel Noriega from power. Around 23,000 USA troops took part part in "Operation Just Cause" and invaded Panama. He will also designate Wednesday as a national day of mourning.

Remarkably, Bush developed a late passion for skydiving, jumping to celebrate his 85th birthday in 2009 and the opening of his presidential library in 2007.

As the sitting president during the demise of the Soviet Union, Bush held summits with Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev and advocated for the reduction of nuclear weapons while cultivating US-Soviet ties. In 2011, Obama awarded Bush the highest United States civilian honor, the Medal of Freedom.

Yet by the time Bush left office in 1993, he had sent USA forces to war against Iraq in the first Gulf War, successfully reversing Saddam Hussein's 1990 invasion of Kuwait, but prompting the beginning of an unprecedented era of U.S. military adventurism in the Middle East. Bush was able to create an global coalition and led a military strike to drive Hussein out of the country.

He assembled a coalition of 32 nations to drive Iraqi forces out in a matter of weeks with a lightning air and ground assault.

In 1992, George Snr failed to be re-elected, losing to Bill Clinton.

Following his presidency, the Bushes relocated to Houston, Texas, where they settled down and became active in the community.

George H.W. Bush has sadly passed away at the age of 94.

Trump issued a statement less than an hour after Bush's death being announced and the White House lowered its flag to half mast.

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