Trump, Ryan to honor Billy Graham at US Capitol

Trump, Ryan to honor Billy Graham at US Capitol
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump faces high stakes in meeting with Erdoğan amid impeachment drama Democrats worry they don't have right candidate to beat Trump Trump threatening to fire Mulvaney: report MORE, Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis Ryan Retirees should say 'no thanks' to Romney's Social Security plan California Governor Newsom and family dress as 2020 Democrats for Halloween DC's liaison to rock 'n' roll MORE (R-Wis.) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellMcConnell protege emerges as Kentucky's next rising star Hillicon Valley: Schumer questions Army over use of TikTok | Federal court rules against random searches of travelers' phones | Groups push for election security funds in stopgap bill | Facebook's new payment feature | Disney+ launch hit by glitches McConnell, GOP leaders say they won't be watching House impeachment hearing MORE (R-Ky.) will honor the late evangelist Billy Graham at the Capitol Rotunda Wednesday as the legendary preacher lies in honor this week.

The president, first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Dems, GOP dig in for public impeachment hearings The Hill's Morning Report - Witness transcripts plow ground for public impeachment testimony The Hill's 12:30 Report: Washington braces for public impeachment hearings MORE and the two congressional leaders will participate in a ceremony at the Capitol Wednesday morning alongside Vice President Pence and his wife, Karen PenceKaren Sue PenceThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Dems, GOP dig in for public impeachment hearings The Hill's Morning Report - Witness transcripts plow ground for public impeachment testimony The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by USAA — House Dems subpoena Giuliani associates MORE. Wednesday's service is open to members of the House and Senate, as well as Graham's family and invited guests.

Trump is also scheduled to attend Graham's funeral, held this Friday, in Charlotte, N.C.

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Graham is the first person to lie in honor in the Capitol since civil rights legend Rosa Parks in 2005. He died last week at the age of 99 after decades of advising presidents and preaching to hundreds of millions of followers worldwide.

“Beyond his achievements as a preacher and counselor to presidents, Rev. Graham will be remembered as a devoted husband to the late Ruth Bell Graham and a loving family man. The whole House sends its condolences to the Graham family at this time of loss," Ryan said in a statement last week.

McConnell added in his own statement that the Southern Baptist minister became "one of the world's most trusted men" due to his willingness to preach to all followers, regardless of wealth.

"Billy Graham became one of the world’s most trusted men by preaching God’s mercy to the rich and poor alike," the Senate leader said.

"His kindly manner and unpretentious nature made him a trusted confidant to twelve U.S. presidents, reassuring generations of Americans that their leaders could count on this humble man of God for counsel and support. By standing right in the middle, Billy Graham could reach everyone."