The White House • April 18, 2018
Statement on Barbara Bush
Former First Lady Barbara Bush passed away yesterday in Houston, Texas. She was 92. Along with Abigail Adams, Mrs. Bush is one of only two First Ladies in American history to see a child follow her husband to the U.S. Presidency.
The White House released this statement last night:
President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump join the Nation in celebrating the life of Barbara Bush. As a wife, mother, grandmother, military spouse, and former First Lady, Mrs. Bush was an advocate of the American family. Amongst her greatest achievements was recognizing the importance of literacy as a fundamental family value that requires nurturing and protection. She will be long remembered for her strong devotion to country and family, both of which she served unfailingly well. The President and First Lady’s thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Mrs. Bush.
The U.S. flag will fly at half-staff until sunset of the day that Mrs. Bush is laid to rest.
A close, personal bond
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe joined President Trump in Florida yesterday. “Shinzo and I have developed a very close relationship,” the President said. “We speak all the time. And our nations, I think, have never been closer than they are right now.”
Abe praised the President’s handling of North Korea. “For the first time in the history of the world, there will be this summit meeting between the United States and North Korea,” the Prime Minister said. “Donald, you’ve demonstrated your unwavering determination in addressing the challenge of North Korea. And I’d like to take this opportunity to express and pay my tribute to your leadership.”
The two leaders also discussed better trade deals. Since President Trump took office, America and Japan have negotiated a series of mutually beneficial deals. Through investment, hiring, and workforce development, Japanese companies support more than 850,000 American jobs. Major Japanese companies such as Toyota and Honda have also invested billions into U.S. factories.
Photo of the Day
Remembering First Lady Barbara Bush, June 8, 1925 - April 17, 2018