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 TrumpRosenstein expected to leave DOJ next month: reports Allies wary of Shanahan's assurances with looming presence of Trump States file lawsuit seeking to block Trump's national emergency declaration 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 McCainGOP senator says Republicans didn't control Senate when they held majority Pence met with silence after mentioning Trump in Munich speech Mark Kelly's campaign raises over M in days after launching Senate bid 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 — Presented by Kidney Care Partners — Trump escalates border fight with emergency declaration Trump dismisses Ann Coulter after criticism: 'I hardly know her' The Hill's Morning Report — Presented by the American Academy of HIV Medicine — Trump, Congress prepare for new border wall fight 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 ObamaBarack, Michelle Obama expected to refrain from endorsing in 2020 Dem primary: report Ex-W.Va. official who made racist Michelle Obama remark defrauded ,000 from FEMA: report GOP senator dedicates heart photo to wife from Senate floor for Valentine's Day MORE, along with former President Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonHarris off to best start among Dems in race, say strategists, donors For 2020, Democrats are lookin’ for somebody to love A year since Parkland: we have a solution MORE and Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonRoger Stone shares, quickly deletes Instagram photo of federal judge on his case Barack, Michelle Obama expected to refrain from endorsing in 2020 Dem primary: report Why the national emergency? A second term may be Trump’s only shield from an indictment 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