Saturday, December 8, 2018

‘A Great and Noble Man’: Bush Honored One Last Time in Washington
-The Washington Times
“A military band played ‘Hail to the Chief,’ cannons sang out a 21-gun salute and the presidential jet took to the sky, lifting former President George H.W. Bush away from Washington one last time,” Stephen Dinan writes. “The capital gave a solemn but fervent farewell Wednesday to the 41st president, whose death [last] Friday at 94 launched a week of commemorations.”

In photos: America’s solemn farewell to its 41st President
Trump Declares Day of Mourning for Bush
-The Wall Street Journal
“President Trump declared Wednesday a national day of mourning for former President George Herbert Walker Bush,” Courtney McBride and Michael Wright report. “Along with his full life of service to country, we will remember President Bush for his devotion to family—especially the love of his life, Barbara,” President Trump said in a statement with First Lady Melania Trump

Watch: President Trump and the First Lady pay their respects
Trumps Meet Privately with George W., Laura Bush to Offer Condolences
-The Hill
“President Trump and first lady Melania Trump met privately Tuesday evening with former President George W. Bush and former first lady Laura Bush on the eve of funeral services for former President George H.W. Bush,” Brett Samuels reports. Thousands of Americans visited the U.S. Capitol this week to pay their respects.
Vice President Pence: George H.W. Bush ‘Never Failed to Answer the Call to Serve His Country’
-The Washington Free Beacon
As former President Bush lay in state at the U.S. Capitol Monday night, Vice President Mike Pence honored the 41st President’s extraordinary life. “While he was known as the ‘quiet man,’ it was not for lack of nerve or daring,” the Vice President said as President George W. Bush and other family members looked on
Trump Celebrates Hanukkah at the White House
-CBS News
President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump hosted two Hanukkah receptions in the White House East Room on Thursday, celebrating the fifth night of the Festival of Lights. In his remarks, the President condemned anti-Semitism and reflected on the horrific shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue this year. Thursday’s receptions came exactly one year after President Trump announced that the U.S. Embassy in Israel would be moved to Jerusalem.
Laura Bush Thanks Melania Trump for a ‘Sweet Visit’ to the White House
-The Hill
Emily Birnbaum reports that First Lady Melania Trump hosted members of the Bush family, including former First Lady Laura Bush, for a special tour of the White House Christmas decorations this week. “A sweet visit during this somber week," the former First Lady wrote on Instagram. “Thanks to Mrs. Trump for inviting our family.”
Liz Peek: Trump Scores Big Wins at the G-20
-Fox News
“President Trump scored major successes at the G-20 summit that concluded over the weekend in Argentina. Specifically, the community of nations agreed in their official communique to ‘necessary reform’ of the World Trade Organization, a top White House priority,” financial expert Liz Peek writes. “The Chinese promised to up their purchases of U.S.-made goods and to discuss other demands in exchange for postponing an expected hike in tariffs.”

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