Trump meets Bush family ahead of funeral

Trump, whose ascendancy to the head of the Republican Party saw him exchange vitriolic attacks with the establishment Bushes, has taken pains to demonstrate unity since the death of former president George H W Bush, aged 94, on Friday.

By Author  |  Published: 5th Dec 2018  9:30 amUpdated: 5th Dec 2018  11:06 am
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US President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump greet former US President George W. Bush and his wife, former first lady Laura Bush. Photo: AFP

Washington: President Donald Trump went in person Tuesday to pay his respects to the grieving Bush family in his latest show of peacemaking with the political clan he once fought bitterly.

Former President George H.W. Bush lies in state in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda. Photo: AP

Trump, whose ascendancy to the head of the Republican Party saw him exchange vitriolic attacks with the establishment Bushes, has taken pains to demonstrate unity since the death of former president George H W Bush, aged 94, on Friday.

Ahead of Wednesday’s state funeral — where Trump will reportedly sit in the front row, but not deliver a eulogy — the president tweeted he would visit the “wonderful Bush family” at the presidential guest residence Blair House across from the White House.

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell, third from left, leads former Operation Desert Storm commanders as they pay their last respects to former President George H.W. Bush as he lies in state at the U.S. Capitol in Washington. Photo: AP

On a chilly afternoon, former president George W Bush, son of the deceased elder Bush, greeted Trump and the first lady, Melania, outside Blair House and took them inside for the private visit.

Earlier, Laura Bush went over to get a tour with Melania of the White House Christmas decorations.

Trump’s relations with the Republican establishment have been rocky since his insurgent campaign took him to the party’s nomination and then a shock election win in 2016.

He did not attend the funeral this year of George H W Bush’s former wife Barbara, even though former presidents Barack Obama, George W Bush and Bill Clinton were there.