On Sunday, H.W. Bush reportedly spoke his last words. At 95 years old, he suffered from a progressive form of Parkinson’s disease. With his future in front of him, he reportedly asked the doctors in charge to tell him “he was going to be okay.”
Later on Sunday, three White House staff members died, including Pete Souza, who served under Presidents Obama and Bush as an official White House photographer. Bush’s political photographer Jim McGrath told the New York Times: “Nothing speaks to the depth of Pete’s character more than the state of his last photograph taken of him on Thursday as he sat in his wheelchair at the desk of the Oval Office.” The last photo of his life was published on a wall inside the new White House on Monday.
Ending the day with the 100th murder of the year, city officials said at a press conference that 91 others were injured in the violence. Of the 94 homicides recorded for 2018, 47 have happened in the last 45 days. The chief of police said that there is no “one or two thing” in particular that causes so much violence, but he noted that “these numbers would have been different in another era.”
While President Trump is getting ready to meet with Kim Jong Un, his lawyer Rudy Giuliani was conspicuously absent from his evening scheduled appearance on The Tonight Show. At least, there wasn’t a campaign promise — made the day before the dinner — on the subject of an invite. Instead, the South Carolina-based sitdown centered on whether President Trump has congratulated the Filipino leader for being elected president and whether Giuliani’s reception to the job has been warm. The answer to the first question was firm: “No, I haven’t. I don’t think he’s happy.”
“I have decided that I will be leaving the White House at the end of this year, after our work on the tax cuts is completed,” President Trump announced in a letter to Congress Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin. “In January, I will become a private citizen, and so will all of us.”
“I am very much looking forward to the future,” he continued. “Especially so because my Administration will be delivering for the American people…I want to thank you for your patience and your continued support and I hope you will give me the opportunity to continue to serve you in the future.”