USA: Mattis pays respects to George H.W. Bush's 'unwavering service to our nation'

United States Secretary of Defense James Mattis paid his respects to former US President George H.W. Bush while speaking at the 2018 Reagan National Defense Forum in Simi Valley, California on Saturday. The former President was 94 years old when he passed away on Friday. «He always put others first, whether it was his family, his shipmates at sea, his -- his country, he always put others first... Еще. So we join President Bush's family, all of us in Department of Defense, and I'm sure all of you, in remembering his unwavering service to our nation,» Mattis said. George H.W. Bush succeeded Ronald Reagan to become the 41st US President in 1988 after beating his Democratic opponent Michael Dukakis, overseeing pivotal historic moments during his four-year-tenure such as the collapse of the Soviet Bloc and the fall of the Berlin Wall. Mandatory credit: U.S. Department of Defense

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