Trump cancels G20 press conference 'out of respect' to Bush family

WION Web Team
New Delhi, Delhi, India Published: Dec 01, 2018, 09.40 PM(IST)

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Former US president  George HW Bush, who led the US as Cold War ended but failed to get a second term, died on November 30 at the age of 94 on Saturday.

United States President Donald Trump on Saturday cancelled a press conference planned for Saturday at the G20 summit, saying he wanted to show respect to the family of the late President George HW Bush.

"I was very much looking forward to having a press conference just prior to leaving Argentina because we have had such great success in our dealing with various countries and their leaders at the G20," Trump tweeted.

"However, out of respect for the Bush Family and former President George HW Bush we will wait until after the funeral to have a press conference," Trump added in the continuation tweet.

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Former US president  George HW Bush, who led the US as Cold War ended but failed to get a second term, died on November 30 at the age of 94 on Saturday.

His death was announced in a statement issued by longtime spokesman Jim McGrath. 

Earlier in the day, spokeswoman of Trump announced that Trump will attend the state funeral of HW Bush. 

Trump's spokeswoman said: "A state funeral is being arranged with all of the accompanying support and honours. The president will designate Wednesday, December 5th as a National Day Of Mourning. He and the first lady will attend the funeral at the National Cathedral in Washington, DC."

Trump did not attend the funeral of Bush's wife Barbara, the matriarch of the family, who died in April.

The invitation-only service at St Martin's Episcopal Church in Houston included Bush's successor Bill Clinton, Barack Obama, as well as other former senior officials.

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