Dem strategist says Trump should not have attended George H.W. Bush's funeral

Democratic columnist Jonathan Harris said on Thursday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpDavid Axelrod after Ginsburg cancer treatment: Supreme Court vacancy could 'tear this country apart' EU says it will 'respond in kind' if US slaps tariffs on France Ginsburg again leaves Supreme Court with an uncertain future MORE should not have attended former President George H.W. Bush's funeral, calling the move "disgusting." 

"I think the fact that he came was wrong," Harris told Hill.TV's Krystal Ball and Saagar Enjeti on "Rising." "I don't think that he should have come."

"When he was asked not to come at other funerals, I think it was respectable that he didn't go," he continued, referring to former first lady Barbara Bush and Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainCindy McCain says no one in Republican Party carries 'voice of reason' after husband's death Anti-gun violence organization endorses Kelly's Senate bid McCain's family, McCain Institute to promote #ActsOfCivility in marking first anniversary of senator's death MORE's (R-Ariz.) funerals, which Trump was not invited to. 

The Bush family did invite Trump and first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Stocks sink as Trump fights with Fed, China El Paso, Dayton hospitals deny Trump claim of doctors leaving OR to meet him The Hill's Morning Report: How will Trump be received at G-7? MORE to Wednesday's state funeral at the National Cathedral in Washington. 

"I know he was [invited], I'm just saying that I think it would have been better if he didn't because he was an elephant in the room. It was a distraction," Harris said. "If you're going to be that vile and disrespectful toward people, his own son, why would you come? It's disgusting."

The president and first lady were seated next to former President Obama and former first lady Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaObamas reportedly buying Martha's Vineyard mansion The Hill's Morning Report - Trump touts new immigration policy, backtracks on tax cuts Obama explains decision to get into movie business: 'We all have a sacred story' MORE, along with former President Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonTrump on his 'chosen one' remark: 'It was sarcasm' Kentucky basketball coach praises Obama after golf round: 'He is a really serious golfer' Democratic governors fizzle in presidential race MORE and Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonTrump takes aim at media after 'hereby' ordering US businesses out of China Trump knocks news of CNN hiring ex-FBI official McCabe Taylor Swift says Trump is 'gaslighting the American public' MORE, who Trump defeated in the 2016 presidential election.

Trump has publicly criticized members of the Bush family, including former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R). 

— Julia Manchester