'A Very Special Man': Trump, Pence, Bush React to Billy Graham's Passing
President Donald Trump paid tribute to iconic Christian evangelist Rev. Billy Graham, who passed away Wednesday at age 99 at his home in Montreat, N.C.
Trump took to Twitter to call Graham a great and very special man who will be missed by people of all faiths.
The GREAT Billy Graham is dead. There was nobody like him! He will be missed by Christians and all religions. A very special man.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 21, 2018
Graham, whose worldwide crusades and role as adviser to decades of U.S. presidents made him one of the best known religious figures of his time, preached to 215 million people in more than 185 countries and territories, with "hundreds of millions more" viewing him on television, video, film and webcasts, according to the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association website.
Vice President Mike Pence also took to Twitter to pay tribute to Graham, writing that he changed the lives of millions by spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ.
"We mourn his passing, but I know with absolute certainty that today he heard those words, 'Well done, good and faithful servant,'" Pence said. "Thank you, Billy Graham. God bless."
Billy Graham's ministry for the gospel of Jesus Christ and his matchless voice changed the lives of millions. We mourn his passing but I know with absolute certainty that today he heard those words, "well done good and faithful servant." Thank you Billy Graham. God bless you(2/2)
— Vice President Mike Pence (@VP) February 21, 2018
Former President George H.W. Bush issued the following statement:
Billy Graham was America's pastor. His faith in Christ and his totally honest evangelical spirit inspired people across the country and around the world. I think Billy touched the hearts of not only Christians, but people of all faiths, because he was such a good man. I was privileged to have him as a personal friend. He would come to Maine to visit with Barbara and me, and he was a great sport. He loved going really fast in my boat. I guess you could say we had that in common. Then we would come home and talk about life. He was a mentor to several of my children, including the former president of the United States. We will miss our good friend forever.