His wife of 73 years, Barbara Bush, died in April and Mr.
But breaking that pledge as president led to his loss to Bill Clinton in 1992.
He ran against Jeb Bush, one son of George H.W. Bush, in the GOP presidential primaries in 2016, and he was sharply critical of the presidency of another son, George W. Bush.
President Trump issued a statement early Saturday morning on the death of former President George H.W. Bush, remembering him as an "unflappable" leader and devoted family man.
"His life spanned the American Century-he fought in World War 2. took part in the Texas oil boom. served out a distinguished career in public service including serving as president during the final days of the Cold War". There was President Bush-a man of great character that our nation truly admired and also the George Bush whom was genuine, honest and quick-witted that I was fortunate to call a friend.More news: Kid Rock slams Joy Behar in Fox interview
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His political career saw him occupy a number of positions including congressman, Central Intelligence Agency director and Ronald Reagan's vice president for the Republican Party before becoming the first member of the Bush political family to reach the nation's top office.
Naval Aviation mourns the passing of our 41st President, George H.W. Bush, a Naval Aviator, statesman, and humble public servant.
When Bush accepted his party's nomination for president, he described America as "a brilliant diversity spread like stars, like a thousand points of light in a broad and peaceful sky". His example lives on, and will continue to stir future Americans to pursue a greater cause. Ambassador to the United Nations.
He enlisted on his 18th birthday and was the youngest pilot in the US Navy when he received his wings and went on to fly 58 combat missions. He praised the elder Bush, who died Friday, as "a high-quality man who truly loved his family".
Republican political figures responded swiftly to the news, sending the Bush family condolences through Twitter.