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The Bush family has laid down the law over the funeral of George H.W. Bush.
They are insisting that the funeral and eulogies are focused on the life of the former President and not a repeat of the Trump bashing that occurred at the funeral of John McCain, Fox News is reporting:
The Bush family has taken great care to assure that services being held to honor the life and legacy of former President George H.W. Bush do not become a political platform for anti-Trump swipes.
Such rhetoric was prominent in services for the late Sen. John McCain three months ago.
But with the Bush family patriarch’s casket lying in State at the U.S. Capitol this week ahead of Wednesday services in Washington, efforts have been made to avoid a politicized funeral.
The family already contacted the White House this past summer saying that President Trump would be welcome at H.W. Bush’s services — and assured Trump that the focus would be on the 41st U.S. president’s life rather than their disagreements, The Washington Post reported, citing a former administration official.
“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.
While Trump and the Bush family have had their differences, the White House has sought to honor the 41st president’s legacy. Trump and first lady Melania Trump paid their respects at the Capitol Monday night.
Politico reports that despite their disagreements Bush Sr. wanted President Trump at his funeral:
Many of the family’s confidants said Saturday former President George H.W. Bush wished to put that all 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,” said an aide in the office of the former president. “This is the way the country says goodbye to presidents.”
Trump said Saturday in Argentina that he spoke with former President George W. Bush and Jeb Bush this morning to offer condolences.
He also said the late president Bush was a “wonderful” and “very fine man.” He and first lady Melania Trump will attend Bush’s funeral at the National Cathedral, the White House said.
This is good news and as it should be. The recent trend of politicizing funerals is disgusting beyond belief.