Despite past swipes, the Bush family is looking to honor George H.W. Bush at his funeral, seeking to celebrate his legacy rather than creating a “political event” with anti-Trump attacks.
This follows months after several swipes were taken toward President Donald Trump when late Sen. John McCain died in August and the current president was not invited to his funeral.
“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,” former Bush aide told Politico.
Bush confidents told Politico that the late 41st president wanted to put differences aside when it came to Trump attending his funeral.
“If anybody at anytime 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,” the former aide said.
Despite the Bush family holding “a lot of angst” about Trump, they are “unbelievably respectful of the office of the president,” adding that Bush’s funeral will not be a “political event,” according to Politico.
“I just think that it’s pretty common for president H.W. to rise above a lot of that,” a White House official during George W. Bush’s presidency told Politico.
“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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The Bush family treating Trump with “kindness and class” differs from late McCain’s funeral when there were several politically charged instances.
At McCain’s funeral, Trump was excluded from the funeral while the senator’s daughter Meghan McCain took a swipe as she slammed the president’s “cheap rhetoric.”
“The America of John McCain has no need to be made great again because America was always great,” McCain said at her father’s funeral — which President Trump responded by tweeting “Make America Great Again.”
Trump will attend Bush’s funeral on Wednesday held in the National Cathedral — he visited Bush on Monday, who lies in state in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda, paying respects by participating in a moment of silence and saluting Bush’s casket.