Among those to eulogize the late President George H.W. Bush on Wednesday was a former Canadian Prime Minister, Brian Mulroney.
The Conservative Mulroney served as the leader of the U.S.’s northern neighbor for almost a decade, including all of Bush’s term.
Mulroney laid out Bush’s many accomplishments, including moves he made that were unpopular with some parts of his own party.
“There’s a word for this, it’s called leadership,” Mulroney said. “Leadership.”
Brian Mulroney praised Bush for NAFTA, which said pointedly was “recently modernized and improved” by “recent administrations,” emphasizing that Trump’s trade agreement is just an updated NAFTA.
Mulroney then appeared to throw subtle but brutal shade at President Donald Trump, who is in attendance at the funeral, by contrasting the way the United States was perceived by foreign leaders like himself during his presidency.
“Let me tell you, when George Bush was president of the United States of America, every single head of government in the world knew they were dealing with a gentleman, a genuine leader, one who was distinguished, resolute and brave.”
Mulroney then told a story about one encounter with Bush that deepened his respect for the former leader as Trump sat looking on with a dour expression.
Susan Rice tears into Trump for ‘brushing off information’ critical to troops’ ‘life and death’ because he can’t hear bad news
On CNN Wednesday, former National Security Adviser Susan Rice ripped President Donald Trump for ignoring intelligence on Russian bounties against American troops.
"My job was to brief the president, to bring to the president all that he needs to hear, not what he wants to hear," said Rice. "When I served President Obama, he would sometimes joke that I and others who brought bad news were the 'doomsday people,' but he always listened to what we had to say and he never conveyed the impression that news was too bad to be worthy of him hearing. You don't intimidate the messengers ... this president is derelict in his duty, brushing off information that is critical to the life and death of our service members and does so because he doesn't want to hear bad news."
Trump slammed by ex-NAACP president for refusing to denounce ‘white power’: He has been ‘coy with white supremacists’
On CNN Wednesday, former NAACP President Ben Jealous tore into President Donald Trump for his refusal to disavow the "white power" video he retweeted earlier in the week.
"You know, this president has been coy with white supremacists again and again," said Jealous. "He did it around the Ku Klux Klan early on. He did it with Charlottesville, there is good people on both sides. And now you see him do it here."
"Again, it's part of his attempt to dog whistle, to play to his base," said Jealous. "He's running like George Wallace. He's running like Lester Maddox. You know, he has the RNC scheduled for him to speak on Ax Handle Saturday. It's a mess. And that just — these are his instincts. This is a guy — the Central Park Five, the world has known for 20 years they are innocent, he insists they are guilty. When it comes to race, he has a real problem."
Trump aides are trying to decide if it’s a better to close down again — or just let people die
President Donald Trump's inner circle is battling over the decision to return the country to closed and caution or to simply let people die from the coronavirus.
CNN.com reported Wednesday evening that a debate is afoot in the White House about whether they should push forward with the reopening, regardless of the death toll. If the president's Fox interview Wednesday afternoon is any indication, he's opted for the latter approach, continuing to reopen and urge Americans that everything is fine, even if it isn't.