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 TrumpHouse Republicans move to block Yemen war-powers votes for rest of Congress Trump says he's considering 10 to 12 contenders for chief of staff Michael Flynn asks judge to spare him from jail time 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 McCainDem: 'Disheartening' that Republicans who 'stepped up' to defend Mueller are leaving Giuliani’s ‘truth isn’t truth’ named most notable quote of 2018 Cohen’s pleas concocted by prosecutors to snare Trump MORE's (R-Ariz.) funerals, which Trump was not invited to. 

The Bush family did invite Trump and first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpFirst lady, Santa hand out 'Be Best' gear at Toys for Tots event The Hill's Morning Report — Will Trump strike a deal with Chuck and Nancy? John Kelly was always doomed to fail as chief of staff 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 ObamaMichelle Obama greets students at Detroit Motown Museum with surprise visit Michelle Obama: People questioning whether I could be first lady 'doesn't go away' Michelle Obama extends global book tour amid 'overwhelming interest' MORE, along with former President Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonJared Kushner: The White House’s results-driven tactician California dreamin’ in the 2020 presidential race Mueller filings threaten Trump but fall short of case for impeachment MORE and Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonRoger Stone challenges Dems to produce WikiLeaks evidence Steve King asks Google CEO for names of employees to see if they're liberals O'Rourke edges out Biden in MoveOn straw poll 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