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Trump calls Graham 'a very special man'

Posted: Feb 21, 2018 10:30 AM Updated:

(CNN) -- President Donald Trump on Wednesday mourned famed evangelist Billy Graham, who died at the age of 99.

"The GREAT Billy Graham is dead. There was nobody like him! He will be missed by Christians and all religions. A very special man," the President tweeted.

Vice President Mike Pence and his wife Karen also sent condolences to Graham's family.

"Karen and I were saddened to learn of the passing of one of the greatest Americans of the 20th century, Reverend Billy Graham. We send our deepest condolences to the Graham family," Pence said in a statement.

"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."

Graham died at his home in Montreat, North Carolina, spokesman Jeremy Blume said.

Known as "America's pastor," Graham evangelized to nearly 215 million people over six decades and prayed with every US president since Harry Truman. His son Franklin Graham, who took over the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, participated in Trump's inauguration.

Former President George H. W. Bush said Graham "touched the hearts of not only Christians, but people of all faiths, because he was such a good man."

"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," Bush said in a statement.

Bush added that Graham was a mentor to several of his children, including former President George W. Bush.

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