Trump ‘cut a deal with the Bush family over the summer promising he would NOT be targeted during George H.W.’s funeral’ – as 41’s grandson says the service will become a ‘unifying event’
- Bush family wants funeral and memorial service to avoid criticism of President Donald Trump – unlike what took place during events honoring John McCain
- Trump was disinvited to McCain’s funeral, which included speakers who implicitly criticized Trump
- Trump saluted Bush’s casket at the Capitol Rotunda on Monday and met with former President George W. Bush and former First Lady Laura Bush on Tuesday
- Trump and the Bush family have a history of bad blood after he called Jeb Bush ‘low energy’ and slammed George W. Bush for the Iraq War and 9/11
- George P. Bush, the grandson of George H.W. Bush, is the son of Jeb Bush
- He says his grandfather’s funeral is a time for nation to unite
The Bush family assured Donald Trump this past summer that the funeral of patriarch George H.W. Bush would not include any criticism of the sitting President, it was learned on Tuesday.
Funeral planners were seeking to avoid what took place during the memorial services for late Arizona Senator John McCain, which his family used as a platform from which to implicitly criticize Trump, who was not invited.
The Bushes were keen to keep the focus on the achievements of the nation’s 41st President without the memorial service being overshadowed by the poisonous political culture that has taken shape today, according to The Washington Post.
The apparent truce was evident in recent days as both families appear to have buried the hatchet – at least for this week.
George H.W. Bush’s body has been lying in state in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda since Monday.
The above 2009 image shows, left to right: George W. Bush, George H.W. Bush, and Jeb Bush. The Bush family has promised President Donald Trump that George H.W. Bush’s funeral will not include any anti-Trump sentiment and will be focused on honoring the 41st President
President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump paid a visit to the Rotunda on Monday night and paid their respects to late President George H.W. Bush
On Tuesday, the President and First Lady greeted former President George W. Bush and former First Lady Melania Trump at Blair House, just across the street from the White House
Trump waves after leaving the Blair House following his meeting with George W. Bush and Laura Bush
President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump paid a visit to the Rotunda on Monday night and paid their respects to Bush.
The President was seen saluting Bush’s casket while the First Lady solemnly put her hand over her heart in tribute.
On Tuesday, the President and First Lady greeted former President George W. Bush and former First Lady Melania Trump at Blair House, just across the street from the White House.
Earlier on Tuesday, Melania Trump gave Laura Bush a glimpse of the White House Christmas decorations.
The President has had nothing but praise for George H.W. Bush since his death was announced late Friday.
Funeral planners have assured President Trump that the memorial service on Wednesday will not include any anti-Trump sentiment. Presidential historial Jon Meacham (left) and Brian Mulroney (right), Canada’s former Prime Minister, will deliver eulogies
Former Wyoming Senator Alan Simpson will also deliver a eulogy for George H.W. Bush. Simpson said there is no chance he will mention anything critical of Trump
The Bush family and Trump have been at war with each other politically, particularly since the President mocked Jeb Bush as ‘low energy’ during the Republican Party primary campaign.
Before and after he was elected President, Trump has on numerous occasions criticized former President George W. Bush, particularly over the Iraq War and for – in his mind – failing to protect the country against the 9/11 terrorists.
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Trump, at one point, also criticized George H.W. Bush’s ‘thousand points of light,’ a phrase that the former President used and later made into a slogan encouraging Americans to volunteer.
Trump’s barbs at McCain, which included comments doubting his status as a war hero because he was captured, so infuriated the family that they made it clear he was not welcome to his memorial service.
In eulogizing her father, Meghan McCain hit out at Trump without ever mentioning his name.
‘The America of John McCain has no need to be made great again because America was always great,’ Meghan McCain said, referencing Trump’s campaign slogan ‘Make America great again.’
Despite the bitterness, the Bush family has extended the invite to Trump, who won’t have to worry about any of the eulogizers attacking him.
Funeral planners have indicated that Trump will be seated in the front row of the Washington National Cathedral on Wednesday with other living Presidents, including Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, and Jimmy Carter, for Bush’s memorial service.
George W. Bush will deliver one of the eulogies.
The Bush family and Trump have been at war with each other politically, but the President is invited to the memorial service on Wednesday. In August, Trump was told he was not welcome to services for late Arizona Senator John McCain (whose wife, Cindy, is seen near his casket)
The other public figures scheduled to speak include former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney, former Senator Alan Simpson, and presidential historian Jon Meacham.
Simpson told the Post that there’s a time and a place for everything, and a memorial service for Bush was not the ideal setting to get into politics.
‘If you have a sensitivity for human feelings, you just don’t get into that,’ Simpson said.
‘It’s not what a funeral is for.’
One of George H.W. Bush’s grandsons says that death of the 41st President should be an opportunity for the nation to come together in mourning while putting aside political differences.
George P. Bush, the 42-year-old son of former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, told CNN that his late grandfather would have wanted Americans of all political views to unite during his funeral
George P. Bush, like his grandfather, entered public office. He is currently Texas Land Commissioner. From left: George P. Bush’s wife, Amanda; his grandmother, Barbara; his grandfather, George H.W. Bush; and George P. Bush
George P. Bush, the 42-year-old son of former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, told CNN that his late grandfather would have wanted Americans of all political views to unite during his funeral.
‘Whether it’s him or his staff, I know, and my grandmother, they all wanted all current occupants to be a part of this process and to take advantage of this time where we can put politics aside and focus on the greatness of our country and devotion to causes greater than ourselves,’ Bush told CNN.
Bush, who also enters politics, currently holds the office of Texas Land Commissioner.
‘There’s a time for politics and there’s a time for governing, but there’s also a time for reflection, and this is a time for reflection for our country to think about the values that make our country great,’ Bush said.
‘It’s important for the country to take this time and reflect on the commonalities that we have rather than the differences.’
‘It’s important for the country to take this time and reflect on the commonalities that we have rather than the differences,’ Bush said.
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