As Bush sr.'s condition declined on Friday at his home in a gated community in Houston, Texas, he was placed on speakerphone with his son, who was at his home in Dallas.
"Dear Bill", read the note then-outgoing President Bush left to new incumbent Bill Clinton in the Oval Office on January 20, 1993.
"Mr. Bush was a seasoned diplomat, a person who knew that politics demands - not just needs - but demands give-and-take. working with people who do not believe the way you do", he says.
Trump had already proclaimed Wednesday a national day of mourning. "He and the First Lady will attend the funeral at the National Cathedral", White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement.
"President George H.W. Bush led a long, successful and attractive life".
"I love you, too", Bush replied.
"His accomplishments were great from beginning to end", Trump tweeted. "He was a truly wonderful man and will be missed by all", he wrote on Twitter.More news: Soyuz rocket: First astronauts to launch since October failure
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Bush was a decorated second world war pilot, diplomat and one-time Central Intelligence Agency chief who saw his son George follow in his footsteps to the Oval Office - making them only the second father-son duo in American presidential history, after John and John Quincy Adams. The patriarch of a political dynasty, he fathered another president, his son George W. Bush, and a two-term governor and presidential candidate, Jeb Bush. He also presided over the end of the Cold War between the United States and the former Soviet Union.
Tributes poured in from world leaders in memory of the 41st U.S. president, who guided America through the end of the cold war and launched the worldwide campaign to drive Iraqi strongman Saddam Hussein's forces from Kuwait.
But defining an overall Bush family political legacy gets tougher, though, when considering that George W. Bush led the Iraq War in 2003, accusing Hussein of having non-existent weapons of mass destruction.
George H.W. Bush's long career in public life began with his decorated service as a Navy pilot in WWII. He is the true embodiment of the notion that public service is a noble calling, serving this country as a World War II aviator, Congressman, Ambassador to the United Nations, U.S. Envoy to China, Director of the CIA, Vice President under Reagan, and a term as the 41st President of the United States. But her visits with George Bush Sr. are some of the most memorable.
Soon after he reached the zenith of his political popularity following the liberation of Kuwait, the USA economy began to sour, however, and voters began to believe that Bush, never a great orator, was out of touch with ordinary people.
Bush's health had been declining for several days. His wife of more than 70 years, Barbara Bush, died in April 2018.