Rubio: Bush showed that 'true leadership' not about 'boasting & insults'
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Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioBiden grants temporary legal status to thousands of Venezuelans in US GOP votes in unison against COVID-19 relief bill Hillicon Valley: YouTube to restore Trump's account | House-passed election bill takes aim at foreign interference | Senators introduce legislation to create international tech partnerships MORE (R-Fla.) on Saturday praised former President George H.W. Bush for his civility, saying the late president showed "what true leadership looks like."

"Today boasting & insults are viewed as strong leadership while humility & dignity are viewed as weakness," Rubio tweeted. "The passing of our 41st President reminds us of what true leadership looks like."

Rubio shared a letter Bush left for former President Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonIt's time to fix an important religious freedom law Senators introduce bill creating technology partnerships to compete with China Edie Falco to play Hillary Clinton in Clinton impeachment series MORE when the Democrat entered office in 1993, a letter that has gone viral online since Bush's death on Friday.

President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump vows 'No more money for RINOS,' instead encouraging donations to his PAC Federal judge rules 'QAnon shaman' too dangerous to be released from jail Pelosi says Capitol riot was one of the most difficult moments of her career MORE has declared Wednesday as a national day of mourning for the former president, and has ordered federal agencies and departments to be closed for the day.


"He was a very fine man. I met him on a number of occasions," Trump told reporters Saturday while traveling in Argentina for the Group of 20 summit. "He was a terrific guy and he’ll be missed. He lived a full life and an exemplary life."

Trump said that he would send Air Force One to Houston to pick up Bush's casket and bring it to Washington, where the late president will lie in state in the Capitol Rotunda starting on Monday.

Bush's family announced the former president's death Friday in a statement. No cause of death has been given. He was 94 years old.

His death has led to an outpouring of tributes from both sides of the political aisle, including former Presidents Carter, Clinton and Obama, among others.