Following the death of former President George H.W. Bush, attention has once again turned to the rivalry between President Donald Trump and the former Commander in Chief.
While speculation has run rampant about what might happen at the funeral for the former president, those close to the Bush family made it clear that the current president was more than welcome as they say farewell to the man who once held Trump’s office.
“If anybody at any time knew anything about the 41st president of the United States, they would completely and totally understand that he would welcome the current occupant 100 percent,” Politico quoted an aide in the office of the former president.
“This is the way the country says goodbye to presidents.”
While the president has criticized some of the Bush family’s work, questioning both work that they did in office and after, Trump was quick to respond to news of one of his predecessors’ death, and said from the G20 summit in Argentina on Saturday that he spoke with both George W. Bush and his brother Jeb, to offer condolences.
The president also characterized the late former president as being a “wonderful” and “very fine man.” He and first lady Melania Trump are slated to attend the Bush funeral at the National Cathedral, the White House said according to Politico.
Despite the rivalry between the Trump and Bush families, the Bush family told the White House months ago that Trump would be welcome at any funeral, according to someone close to the family.
“This will be about the celebration of the noble public service that George H.W. Bush gave. It’s not going to be about anybody else. I don’t think it’s going to be about Trump,” said the senior Bush 41 White House staffer.
The president was castigated for not attending the funeral of the late president’s wife, former first lady Barbara Bush, however one Republican who spoke to Politico felt that the characterization was unfair since sitting presidents don’t traditionally attend the funerals of former first ladies.
The same Bush 43 official told Politico that the Bush family can be expected to act with “kindness and class” to the Trump’s when he attends the service.
“I just think that it’s pretty common for president H.W. to rise above a lot of that,” that person said.
“He was going to be the same gracious guy in death with his funeral plans as in life and that’s the definition of grace, acting a particular way regardless of how you’re treated.”
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