Trump, first lady pay respects to Bush in Capitol

President TrumpDonald John TrumpSchiff urges GOP colleagues to share private concerns about Trump publicly US-China trade talks draw criticism for lack of women in pictures Overnight Defense: Trump to leave 200 troops in Syria | Trump, Kim plan one-on-one meeting | Pentagon asks DHS to justify moving funds for border wall MORE and first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpTrump, Harris, Ocasio-Cortez, Charlie Kirk among Twitter's most-engaged users The Hill's 12:30 Report: Sanders set to shake up 2020 race Fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld dies at 85 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 BarrassoOvernight Energy: Trump ends talks with California on car emissions | Dems face tough vote on Green New Deal | Climate PAC backing Inslee in possible 2020 run Dems face tough vote on Green New Deal Dems slam EPA plan for fighting drinking water contaminants MORE (R-Wyo.) and some Senate staffers.