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BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — President Donald Trump, who had a hostile relationship with the last Republican family to occupy the White House, offered nothing but praise on Saturday for former President George Bush after he died at age 94, and the White House said the president would attend the funeral.

Trump plans to call former President George W. Bush, the son of the 41st commander in chief, to offer his condolences, the White House said in a statement. A state funeral is being arranged and Trump will designate Wednesday as a national day of mourning. Trump and the first lady will attend the funeral at the Washington National Cathedral.

“President George H.W. Bush led a long, successful and beautiful life,” Trump wrote on Twitter on Saturday morning. “Whenever I was with him I saw his absolute joy for life and true pride in his family. His accomplishments were great from beginning to end. He was a truly wonderful man and will be missed by all!”

Trump’s words of admiration, delivered while in Argentina for an international summit meeting, belied his history of animosity with the Bush family. Trump eviscerated Bush’s son Jeb Bush during the 2016 Republican primaries and regularly disparaged another of his sons, former President George W. Bush, for the way he ran the country. The elder Bush refused to support Trump in 2016, voting instead for Hillary Clinton.

The passing of the former president had raised the thorny question of whether Trump would come to the funeral. Sen. John McCain, another stalwart of a past Republican generation, made a point of excluding Trump from his funeral in September, but Bush was known for New England gentility and seemed less likely to want to make such a statement. It is traditional for the incumbent president to speak at services for a former president, although there have been exceptions.

Trump has not had much experience in his two years in office at playing the role of national healer in moments of mourning like this. His instincts tend toward the bellicose and he has mocked the notion of being presidential. But in the hours since Bush’s death, he has gone further than he ever did with McCain in embracing the Bush legacy, aware of the enormous affection for the former president across party lines.

Trump’s very presidency, however, stands as a rebuke to Bush — never a proponent of “kinder and gentler” politics, Trump prefers a brawl, even with his own party, and represents a more conservative approach to domestic policy at home and an America First policy abroad that repudiates Bush’s staunch internationalism.

In effect, Trump has made clear that he sees the go-along-to-get-along style that defined Bush’s presidency as inadequate to advance the nation in a hostile world. Gentility and dignity, hallmarks of Bush, are signs of weakness to Trump.

His trip here to Buenos Aires, in fact, was built in part around dismantling Bush’s legacy. Just Friday, Trump signed a new trade agreement with Mexico and Canada to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement first negotiated by Bush, which he disparaged as bad for the United States. “The terrible NAFTA will soon be gone,” he wrote on Twitter.

Trump was never as harsh publicly about the patriarch of the Bush family as he was about its other members, but more than once in recent months, he mocked a famous phrase from the former president’s 1989 inaugural address, “a thousand points of light,” which Bush used to describe Americans coming together as volunteers to improve their communities and their country.

“What the hell was that, by the way, thousand points of light?” he asked an appreciative crowd at a campaign rally in Great Falls, Montana, in July. “What did that mean? Does anyone know? I know one thing: Make America great again, we understand. Putting America first, we understand. Thousand points of light, I never quite got that one.”

Two months later, he returned to that theme. “It’s so easy to be presidential,” Trump said at a campaign rally in Wheeling, West Virginia, in September. “But instead of having 10,000 people outside trying to get into this packed arena, we’d have about 200 people standing right there. OK? It’s so easy to be presidential. All I have to do is ‘Thank you very much for being here, ladies and gentlemen. It’s great to see you off — you’re great Americans. Thousand points of light.’ Which nobody has really figured out.”

“And in the meantime,” he added, “everything’s going to be dying, and your coal and everything else. No, no. We got to keep it going the way it’s going. Do we agree? Do we agree?”

For his part, Bush was never impressed by Trump. “I don’t like him,” Bush told the historian Mark K. Updegrove in May 2016. “I don’t know much about him, but I know he’s a blowhard. And I’m not too excited about him being a leader.” Rather than being motivated by public service, Bush said, Trump seemed to be driven by “a certain ego.”

But he recognized that Trump was at the forefront of change. “I’m worried that I will be the last Republican president,” he told Updegrove, who later wrote “The Last Republicans” about Bush and George W. Bush.

The current president sought to put that history aside on Saturday, even citing Bush’s “thousand points of light” in the written statement that he authorized aides to release in the immediate hours after the former president’s death.

“President Bush inspired generations of his fellow Americans to public service — to be, in his words, ‘a thousand points of light’ illuminating the greatness, hope, and opportunity of America to the world,” the statement said.