The Bush family has made it clear to mourners that the funeral of former President George H.W. Bush is not a venue to bash President Donald Trump.
The family doesn’t want a repeat of what occurred at Sen. John McCain’s funeral where things became politically charged at times.
“The family of former president George H.W. Bush has planned a state funeral that will steer clear of the kind of anti-Trump sentiment evident at the recent funeral of Sen. John McCain, according to people familiar with the funeral planning,” the Washington Post reported.
The report added: “The Bush family contacted the White House this past summer to say that President Trump would be welcome at the funeral, scheduled Wednesday at Washington National Cathedral, and to assure him that the focus would be on Bush’s life rather than their disagreements, one former administration official said.”
President Trump will, of course, be welcome at the funeral and it’s assumed that attendees will honor the family’s wishes.
"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," a former Bush associate told Politico.
Trump attended a ceremony honoring Bush, giving the late president a salute while First Lady Melania Trump stood in silence with her hand over her heart.
“President George H.W. Bush led a long, successful and beautiful life. Whenever I was with him I saw his absolute joy for life and true pride in his family,” Trump tweeted. “His accomplishments were great from beginning to end. He was a truly wonderful man and will be missed by all!”
Rest in peace, Mr. President.