WashPo: Bush family to avoid Trump criticism at funeral

05 December, 2018, 04:12 | Author: Joshua Bennett
  • President Trump Visits Former President George W. Bush And Former First Lady Laura As President H.W. Bush Lies In State In Capitol

President Donald Trump tweeted earlier Tuesday that Mrs.

Sully, the service dog of the late President George H.W. Bush, has been pictured lying beside his former owner's coffin.

The body of George H.W. Bush was placed in the US Capitol to lie in state as mourners gathered to commemorate the 41st president's lifetime of service to his country.

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Meanwhile, Bush's daughter-in-law, former first lady Laura Bush, got a tour of the White House Christmas decorations from first lady Melania Trump.

The two men also went head to head during the 1988 presidential campaign, dueling it out for the Republican nomination that Bush won on his way to the White House.

Sully will reportedly be traveling with the former President's casket on his flight to Washington, D.C. on Monday.

President Trump Visits Former President George W. Bush And Former First Lady Laura As President H.W. Bush is dead

Trump also did not attend the funeral in August of another Republican giant, former senator John McCain.

Although Bush's funeral services are suffused with the flourishes accorded presidents, by his choice they will not include a formal funeral procession through downtown Washington. Bush and family pose in front of George H.W. Bush's official portrait, which is draped with black cloth.

The CIA, too, honored Bush, the only spy chief to become president, as three agency directors past and present joined the public in the viewing.

"I think we need to be a little bit thoughtful and careful about how we interpret what President Trump is doing here", Engel said.

One source with knowledge of the funeral arrangements told The Washington Post that Bush "wouldn't want anyone there to feel uncomfortable, including the incumbent president". The 95-year-old Dole, who uses a wheelchair, was helped to his feet by an aide and saluted the former commander in chief.

President Trump, in a presidential message to Congress, said Mr. Bush's death was "one of the last pages of a defining chapter in American history", with the generation that fought World War II - then dominated American politics for 40 years - now mostly gone. "And President Bush was a bipartisan president". Dole also served in the war. Flags on public buildings are flying at half-staff for 30 days.


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