Donald Trump won't speak at George H.W. Bush's funeral as he will pay tribute in another way
It’s a known fact that sitting presidents usually eulogize the last three past presidents who have passed away. However, in the case of former President George H.W. Bush, the latest president won’t have that honor.
Former President George H.W. Bush, 94, passed away on Friday and his body was brought in to lie in state on Monday. It was revealed that President Donald Trump won’t get to speak at the politician’s funeral.
His son President George W. Bush, former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney, former Sen. Alan Simpson, and presidential historian Jon Meacham will all be responsible for his eulogy.
This marks the second time in recent months that Trump has been kept at arm’s length after the death of a major political figure, both of them fellow Republicans. https://t.co/ihh2zLw8WJ— USA TODAY (@USATODAY) December 4, 2018
For more on this story go to our Twitter account @amomama_usa. Meacham also eulogized first lady Barbara Bush in April after she passed on.
On Monday, Trump tweeted,
“Looking forward to being with the Bush Family to pay my respects to President George H.W. Bush.”
"It would not be like Mr. Bush to want his funeral to be a spectacle, and he evidently chose not to defy protocol by asking Mr. Trump to keep away," but Trump will not speak @peterbakernyt https://t.co/i3ieVQvRnH— Julie Davis (@juliehdavis) December 3, 2018
On Monday night, he and first lady Melania Trump went to the Capitol Building, where Bush is laying in state through Wednesday morning. They paid their respects for a few minutes.
On Wednesday morning a ceremony will be held at the National Cathedral in Washington. Trump and his wife are set to attend the event.
Despite not speaking at the funeral, Trump and his wife will pay their condolences to the Bush family on Tuesday at Blair House. This is government house across the street from the White House.
Sitting presidents have eulogized past presidents before. In 2006, George W. gave eulogies for Gerald Ford and before that in 2004 for Ronald Reagan.
In April 1994, Bill Clinton gave a eulogy for Richard Nixon.
Trump will attend but not speak at this week’s funeral service for former President George Bush https://t.co/ONo7GLTijW— The New York Times (@nytimes) December 3, 2018
On Monday, George H.W.’s body arrived in a coffin at the nation’s capital via the Air Force One 747. His family and friends stood during a 21-gun salute that began the four days of commemoration of his life and death.