President Donald Trump provides Air Force One to deliver George H.W. Bush's body to Washington
President Donald Trump revealed on Saturday that he is sending Air Force One to bring the late President George H.W. Bush’s casket to Washington.
“Air Force One will be taking myself and a group of our people back to Washington. It will then be reset and it will be sent to Houston to pick up the casket of President Bush and it will be sent back to Washington,” Trump said from Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Trump added that he believed this was “a special tribute that he deserves very much.”
President Trump says Air Force One will fly to Houston, to transport former President George H.W. Bush's body to Washington, DC. Trump called it a "special tribute" Bush deserves https://t.co/MfzsCam3Bm pic.twitter.com/HSACg7WluO— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) December 1, 2018
On Saturday the White House announced that President Trump would postpone a planned press conference to honor the late former president. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump are focusing on attending the Bush’s state funeral at the National Cathedral in Washington, DC.
Trump Says Seats from Air Force One Are Being Removed to Carry Bush’s Casket from Texas https://t.co/806jJxGJDJ— People (@people) December 2, 2018
Trump also intends to designate Wednesday as a day of national mourning in honor of the 41st president. The White House flag flew at half-mast today.
The funeral arrangements also involve Sully, HW Bush's service dog. Earlier, a heartbreaking image of George H.W. Bush’s service dog lying next to the 41st President’s coffin in Houston on Sunday was posted to social media.
Sully is a specially trained golden labrador named after former airline pilot Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger III the pilot who famously landed a damaged passenger jet safely on the Hudson River.
The former president was in office from 1989 to 1993.