The Bush family has promised President Trump that speeches and eulogies at the former 41st president’s funeral would not be used to criticize him, according to sources aware of the preparations being made. This is reported by The Washington Post.
The family has apparently assured President Trump that George H. W. Bush’s service would not include the kind of anti-Trump speech that was given at the August funeral for the late Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.).
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“The comparisons are presenting themselves; we are not heightening them,” a source familiar with funeral preparations told the Post.
Another source close to the preparations told said that Bush “wouldn’t want anyone there to feel uncomfortable, including the incumbent president.”
“It’s interesting, though, that praising the Bushes or McCain risks sounding critical of Trump even when Trump’s in no way part of the thinking,” the source told the newspaper.
The president is preparing to attend the funeral at the Washington National Cathedral on Wednesday. The family extended an invitation to him over the summer, the Post said.
Trump and First Lady Melania Trump made an unannounced visit to Capitol Hill on Monday night to pay their respects to Bush, who is now lying in state in the Capitol Rotunda.
George H. W. Bush, who served as president from 1989 to 1993, died on Friday night at the age of 94 years old.
Trump has history of feuds with the Bush family, mocking the late president’s “thousand points of light” volunteer organization. Trump has also criticized his two sons at various times.
Former President George W. Bush will be one of those eulogizing his late father during the Wednesday funeral. Trump is not scheduled to speak.
The White House has given the Bush family the use of Air Force One and allowed them to stay at the official guesthouse across the street from the White House.
Trump was reportedly irritated at the multiple digs at him during McCain’s funeral over the summer. Trump had a controversial relationship with the Arizona Republican even in the final months of his life. Many of those who spoke at McCain’s funeral, including his daughter, lashed out at Trump’s presidency.
Credit: The Hill