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Trump mocks George H.W. Bush’s ‘Points of Light’

GREAT FALLS, MT - JULY 05: U.S. president Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at Four Seasons Arena on July 5, 2018 in Great Falls, Montana. President Trump held a campaign style 'Make America Great Again' rally in Great Falls, Montana with thousands in attendance. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
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“Thousand Points of Light. I never quite got that one. What the hell is that?” President Trump asked at a Montana rally.

WASHINGTON — A former White House press secretary says President Donald Trump was ‘‘rude’’ to mock former President George H.W. Bush’s volunteerism program.

Trump was talking about ‘‘winning’’ during a free-wheeling campaign rally Thursday in Montana and raised Bush’s ‘‘Thousand Points of Light.’’

Trump said people get the meaning of his slogans, ‘‘Make America Great Again’’ and ‘‘Putting America First.’’ Then he added: ‘‘Thousand Points of Light. I never quite got that one. What the hell is that? Has anyone ever figured that one out?’’

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Bush popularized ‘‘Thousand Points of Light’’ and used it to name a private organization he established to encourage volunteerism.

Ari Fleischer, press secretary for Bush’s son, President George W. Bush, tweeted that he doesn’t mind Trump ‘‘being a fighter.’’ He added: ‘‘I do mind him being rude.’’