Former U.S. President George H.W. Bush, 94, the 41st president of the U.S. and father of the 43rd president, died late Friday, his family announced in a public statement.
In a statement to the Russian news agency Interfax on Saturday, Gorbachev expressed "deep condolences" to Bush's family and to all Americans following the news of the former President's death. His wife of 73 years, Bush died April 17 at 92 years old, after choosing to forgo further medical treatment after a series of hospitalizations.
President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump are mourning the passing of former President George H.W. Bush. A statement released by Jim McGrath on behalf of George W. Bush on November 30, 2018 read: "Jeb, Neil, Marvin, Doro, and I are saddened to announce that after 94 remarkable years, our dear Dad has died".
One of Bush's last acts as president was pardoning former Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger and others for their role in the Iran-Contra scandal, an offshoot of those hostage crises.
"With sound judgment, common sense, and unflappable leadership, President Bush guided our nation, and the world, to a peaceful and victorious conclusion of the Cold War", Trump said. At the White House, the American flag flew at half-staff early Saturday.
Bush faced a dramatically changing world, as the Cold War ended after 40 bitter years, the Communist empire broke up, and the Berlin Wall fell. But the world of politics was calling.
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During his four years in office, Bush presided over the end of the Cold War: He was president during the reunification of East and West Germany, the dissolution of the Warsaw Pact alliance and the withdrawal of Soviet forces from Afghanistan in February 1989, shortly after he took office on January 20, 1989. Director of Central Intelligence.
Bush declared a "new world order" in 1990 and drove Iraq from Kuwait in a matter of weeks with a lightning air and ground assault - and the backing of a coalition of 32 nations. They also credited the former president, who was the USA 41st president and served from 1989 to 1993, with "expanding America's promise to new immigrants and people with disabilities".
Despite his success on the worldwide stage, he was denied a second term over a weak economy, losing the 1992 election to upstart Democrat Bill Clinton, a little-known governor from Arkansas.
"I am profoundly grateful for every minute I spent with President Bush and will always hold our friendship as one of my life's greatest gifts", Clinton said in a statement.
Bush "was a great friend of Canada, and he made very important things possible for Canadian history", Mulroney said.