Trump to meet with Bush family before funeral

Trump to meet with Bush family before funeral

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Family members, including George Walker Bush, the 43rd President of the United States, look on as GEORGE HERBERT WALKER BUSH, the 41st President of the United States, look on as his body is brought to the Capitol Rotunda for a State Funeral, December 3, 2018, (Photo ©2018 Doug Christian)
George W. Bush, the 43rd president, far right, with former First Lady Laura Bush look on as the body of George H.W. Bush, the 41st president, is brought into the Capitol Rotunda to lie in state on Monday evening. (Photo ©2018 Doug Christian/TMN)

WASHINGTON— President Donald Trump will meet with the Bush family Tuesday, one day before Trump and the first lady attend the funeral service for former President George H.W. Bush.

Trump invited the Bush family to stay at Blair House, a complex near the White House that is usually used by visiting foreign dignitaries or incoming presidents.

Former President George W. Bush and members of his family were spotted arriving at the building Monday evening, with Secret Service agents on site referring to code names “Trailblazer” (the 43rd president) and “Tempo” (former First Lady Laura Bush).

Trump has displayed an uncharacteristic level of deference to the Bush family following the former president’s death Friday night.

Trump mocked former President George W. Bush and his brother former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, a political rival, during the 2016 campaign.

As recently as July, Trump mocked George H.W. Bush’s popular “thousand points of light” slogan to describe volunteerism, saying that it paled in comparison to Trump’s campaign motto “Make America Great Again.”

“Thousand points of light, I never quite got that one,” Trump said during a rally in Montana supporting midterm candidates. “It was put out by a Republican, wasn’t it? I know one thing: Make America Great Again, we understand.”

As for the Bush family, they notably skipped the 2016 Republican National Convention and Jeb Bush has been a frequent critic of Trump on Twitter.

In contrast to his former rhetoric, Trump immediately issued a statement marking the former president’s death and ordered flags flown at half-staff for 30 days.

The president also declared Wednesday a national day of mourning, effectively halting the federal government during Bush’s memorial events.

Trump paid an unannounced visit to the Capitol Monday night, where Bush is lying in state until Wednesday morning.

The president and first lady stood silently before the casket and Trump offered a solemn salute before departing.

At the Bush family’s request, Trump and the first lady also will attend the funeral at Washington National Cathedral  Wednesday morning.

The Bush family also has reportedly requested that speakers avoid targeting Trump during their remarks.

Trump is not scheduled to deliver remarks.

President DONALD TURMP pays his respects with a visit to the body of former President GEORGE HERBERT WALKER BUSH as he lies in state, December 3, 2018, (Photo ©2018 Doug Christian)
President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump pay their respects to former President George H.W. Bush as he lies in state in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda on Monday night. (Photo ©2018 Doug Christian/TMN)
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