Markets to close on Dec. 5, after Trump names it national day of mourning for George H.W. Bush

The life and times of George H.W. Bush

George Herbert Walker Bush took office in 1989 as the 41st U.S. president and served one term in the White House. The father of former President George W. Bush, he was a Naval aviator in World War II, a congressman, ambassador to the United Nations, envoy to China, CIA director and vice president for two terms under Ronald Reagan.

President Trump will designate Dec. 5 a national day of mourning for George H.W. Bush, who died Friday night at age 94, according to a statement from White House press secretary Sarah Sanders.

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Trump and first lady Melania Trump will attend Bush’s funeral at Washington National Cathedral, Sanders said.

A spokesperson for the New York Stock Exchange said markets will be closed on Wednesday, in line with its own long-standing traditions. There will also be a moment of silence before the opening bell on Monday, according to the spokesperson.

On Twitter, Trump also announced he would delay his Saturday press conference in Argentina about the “great success” of the G20 meeting until he returned to the U.S., due to Bush’s death.

“However, out of respect for the Bush Family and former President George H.W. Bush we will wait until after the funeral to have a press conference,” he wrote.


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