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George W Bush Says He Called Dad 'Wonderful'

December 05, 2018 - 9:18 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on events honoring late former President George H.W. Bush (all times local):

Former President George W. Bush says he told his father just before he died that he had been a "wonderful dad" and that he loved him. Delivering a eulogy at the elder Bush's funeral on Wednesday, George W. Bush said his father's "last words on earth were 'I love you, too.'"

George W. Bush extolled his father, not only for his service as president but also as a role model as a loving husband, father and grandfather.

Bush choked up at the end of his eulogy before regaining his composure. He patted his father's flag-draped coffin twice as he went back to his seat at the Washington National Cathedral. Former first lady Laura Bush wiped her eyes with a tissue as her husband sat next to her.

Saudi Arabia's ambassador to the United States, who left the U.S. after the killing of a Saudi journalist in Turkey, has returned to Washington for events around the state funeral of former President George H.W. Bush.

The Saudi embassy says that Prince Khalid bin Salman is in Washington and that Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir is leading the kingdom's delegation at Wednesday's service.

Khalid bin Salman is the younger brother of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who the CIA has assessed with high confidence ordered the killing of Washington Post journalist and U.S. resident Jamal Khashoggi (jah-MAHL' khahr-SHOHK'-jee). The ambassador left the United States in early October after Khashoggi went missing on a visit to a Saudi consulate in Turkey. There was speculation at the time that he would not return.

Saudi prosecutors have said a 15-man team sent to Istanbul killed Khashoggi with tranquilizers and dismembered his body.

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