Trump to Attend Funeral of Former President George H. W. Bush
BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA – December 2, 2018
President Trump will attend the funeral of former President George H. W. Bush in the National Cathedral in Washington DC, according to his official spokesperson.
"A state funeral is being prepared with full honors, the President will declare on Wednesday, December 5, a day of national mourning, and he and the first lady, Melania Trump, will attend the funeral at the National Cathedral in Washington DC," said Trump’s official representative in Buenos Aires, where the president is attending the G20 leaders’ summit.
Bush was the forty-first president of the United States between 1989 and 1993. He died at his home in Houston, Texas. He is survived by his five children, 17 grandchildren, eight great grandchildren, and two siblings. Bush died eight months after his wife, former First Lady Barbara Bush, whom he married 73 years ago. Trump did not attend the funeral of former First Lady Barbara Bush, who died in April.
On Wednesday, Trump said Barbara Bush was a “wonderful, wonderful person” and “a titan in American life,” adding: “Her strength and toughness really embodied the spirit of our country. She was a woman of proud patriotism and profound faith.”
Trump later tweeted: “Today, my thoughts and prayers are with the entire Bush family. In memory of First Lady Barbara Bush, there is a remembrance display located at her portrait in the Center Hall of the White House.”
A book published last year, The Last Republicans by Mark Updegrove, noted that Bush, the father of former President George W. Bush (2001-2009), voted for Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election and called Donald Trump a "bluff" guided by "a certain ego."
"I do not know much about him, but I know he's a braggart, and I do not like him too much," he added in May before the November 2016 election that brought Trump to power.
George W. Bush voted blank and declared: "This guy does not know what it means to be president."
The title of the book was inspired by George W. Bush when he said that he was "the last Republican president,” not only because Clinton was seen as a favorite to win the elections, but because Trump represented a break in the conservative tradition.
Trump was not invited to the funeral of another influential Republican critic, the hero of the Vietnam War, two-time presidential hopeful and senator John McCain who died in August.