President, first lady pay respects to Bush in unannounced Capitol visit

President, first lady pay respects to Bush in unannounced Capitol visit

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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)

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump made an unannounced trip to the Capitol Monday evening to pay their respects to former President George H.W. Bush as he lies in state.

The Trumps entered the Capitol Rotunda at 8:30 p.m. EST and approached the casket.

With just the sound of cameras clicking, the two stood for a minute in silence.

The president then offered a salute and the first lady placed her hand over her heart.

After two minutes, they both departed and returned to the White House.

Bush, 94, died Friday night.

President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump are expected to attend the funeral on Wednesday morning.  (From White House pool video)

The former president’s casket will lie in state until Wednesday morning when a state funeral will be held at Washington National Cathedral.

Afterward, the former president’s body will be flown to Texas and will lie in repose at Houston’s St. Martin’s Episcopal Church. He and his wife, Barbara, who died April 17, attended the church.

On Thursday morning, the body will be taken via rail to the Bush Presidential Library and Museum at Texas A&M University, where he will ultimately be buried.

While the trip to the Capitol was not on the President Trump’s official schedule, he and the first lady are both slated to attend Bush’s funeral service on Wednesday. Neither is expected to deliver remarks.

 

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