Trump, first lady pay respects to Bush in Capitol

President TrumpDonald John TrumpA better VA, with mental health services, is essential for America's veterans Pelosi, Nadler tangle on impeachment, contempt vote Trump arrives in Japan to kick off 4-day state visit MORE and first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpTrump arrives in Japan to kick off 4-day state visit Trump to meet with Prince Harry during UK visit The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump orders more troops to Mideast amid Iran tensions 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 BarrassoTrump boxed in on trade Export-Import Bank back to full strength after Senate confirmations Mike Enzi announces he'll retire from Senate after 2020 MORE (R-Wyo.) and some Senate staffers.