Bush announces 'respect' for Lott decision
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- President Bush Friday praised Sen. Trent Lott as a "valued friend" and said he respected his decision to step down as majority leader.
In a statement released by the White House, Bush said:
"I respect the very difficult decision Trent made on behalf of the American people. As majority and minority leader of the Senate, Trent Lott improved education for the American people; he led the way in securing tax relief; he strengthened our national security: and he stood for a bold and effective foreign policy.
"Trent is a valued friend, and a man I respect.
"I am pleased he will continue to serve our nation in the Senate, and I look forward to working with him on our agenda to make America safer, stronger, and better."