President-elect Donald Trump responded to a letter from former President George H. W. Bush and his wife Barbara Bush.
On Wednesday, the president-elect thanked the 41st president for his “wonderful” letter. In the letter Bush promised that he would be with Trump “in spirit” on Friday when he is sworn-in as president, but regretted that due to health concerns he and his wife would be unable to attend. (RELATED: George HW Bush Tells Trump Why He Won’t Attend His Inauguration)
“Looking forward to a speedy recovery for George and Barbara Bush, both hospitalized,” Trump tweeted. “Thank you for your wonderful letter!”
Looking forward to a speedy recovery for George and Barbara Bush, both hospitalized. Thank you for your wonderful letter!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 18, 2017
“Barbara and I are so sorry we can’t be there for your Inauguration on January 20th,” Bush wrote in a letter dated Jan. 10. “My doctor says if I sit outside in January, it likely will put me six feet under. Same with Barbara. So I guess we’re stuck in Texas.”
George H.W. Bush sent letter to Trump on Jan. 10 stating he couldn’t attend Inauguration: “We will be with you and the country in spirit.” pic.twitter.com/zcoieQJmP6
— ABC News (@ABC) January 18, 2017
“But we will be with you and the country in spirit,” he added. “I want you to know that I wish you the very best as you begin this incredible journey of leading our great country. If I can ever be of help, please let me know.”
As of Wednesday, the 92-year-old former president remains hospitalized after he was admitted over the weekend for shortness of breath. The former first lady was also reportedly hospitalized on Wednesday “as a precaution after experiencing fatigue and coughing.”