Trump, first lady pay respects to Bush in Capitol

President TrumpDonald John TrumpREAD: Transcript of James Comey's interview with House Republicans Klobuchar on 2020: ‘I do think you want voices from the Midwest’ Israel boycott fight roils Democrats in year-end spending debate MORE and first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpWhite House release Trumps' 2018 official Christmas portrait Three biggest immigration issues Congress needs to tackle The Hill's 12:30 Report — Trump rips Dems as shutdown looms | Congress deadlocked | Flynn associates charged will illegal lobbying MORE made an unannounced visit to Capitol Hill on Monday night to pay their respects to the late President George H.W. Bush, who died Friday and is lying in state in the Capitol Rotunda.

Their private visit to Bush’s flag-draped casket lasted about two minutes. They didn’t speak as they bowed their heads and paid tribute, but Trump saluted and the first lady put her hand over her heart before they turned and left. After a quick, uneventful six-minute ride down Pennsylvania Avenue, the Trumps were back at the White House.

The Trumps’ visit came well after bipartisan congressional leaders held a ceremony in the Rotunda for the 41st president that was attended by Bush’s son, former President George W. Bush; George H.W. Bush's vice president, Dan Quayle; a number of the elder Bush’s Cabinet members and many other dignitaries.


The Trumps did not attend that ceremony, but are expected to attend Bush’s funeral service at National Cathedral on Wednesday.

Thousands of people had begun to trickle into the Capitol to pay their respects to Bush after the congressional ceremony when the doors to the Rotunda were suddenly closed.

Trump and his wife walked into the Rotunda from the Senate side, led by Sen. John BarrassoJohn Anthony BarrassoSenate votes to end debate on criminal justice reform bill The Year Ahead: Dems under pressure to deliver on green agenda White House jumps into fight over energy subsidies MORE (R-Wyo.) and some Senate staffers.