Former President George W. Bush paid tribute to his former secretary of state and chief of staff, Henry Kissinger, on Wednesday by sharing an oil painting of the “go-to” American diplomat.
“With the passing of Henry Kissinger, the United States has lost its most trusted and distinctive voice on foreign affairs,” Bush said in a statement. “I have long admired the man who fled the Nazis as a boy in a Jewish family and then fought them in the U.S. Army.”
“While I am grateful for his service and advice, I am most grateful for his friendship,” President Bush continued. “Laura and I will miss his wisdom, charm and humor, and we will always remain grateful for Henry Kissinger’s contributions.”
What is included in his message It was a photo of an oil painting of Kissinger that was featured in Bush’s book, One of Many: A Portrait of an American Immigrant.
Kissinger died Wednesday at his home in Connecticut, his consulting firm announced. He was 100 years old.
Kissinger entered national politics in 1969 and began serving as National Security Advisor to former President Richard Nixon. Nixon appointed Kissinger as the 56th Secretary of State, making him the first person in history to serve as both Secretary of State and National Security Advisor.
His accomplishments include negotiating the Vietnam War and the 1973 October War, for which he later won the Nobel Peace Prize, as well as improving relations between the United States and China. Upon resigning his post in 1977, Kissinger was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award.
After leaving the White House and State Department, he remained in the foreign policy department, advising national leaders including Mr. Bush’s father, former President George H.W. He was appointed chairman of the National Bipartisan Commission on Central America by former President Reagan in 1982, and subsequently served on the President’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board under the Reagan administration and former President George H.W. Ta.
Kissinger is survived by two children from his first marriage, Elizabeth and David, and his wife, Nancy McGuinness Kissinger.
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