President-elect Donald Trump honored the first American to orbit the Earth on Thursday, a little more than an hour after Glenn’s death was announced.
The former Ohio senator died Thursday at age 95 after a prolonged illness.
In his remarks, sent out via his Twitter feed, Trump hailed Glenn as an inspiration to generations of “explorers.”
“Today we lost a great pioneer of air and space in John Glenn,” Trump wrote.
“He was a hero and inspired generations of future explorers. He will be missed.”
Trump’s words hearkened to those of author Tom Wolfe, who introduced Glenn to a new generation of men and women with his book “The Right Stuff.”
Glenn, Wolfe wrote was “the last true national hero America has ever made.”
Today we lost a great pioneer of air and space in John Glenn. He was a hero and inspired generations of future explorers. He will be missed.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 8, 2016
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