Bush family promised Trump that funeral would avoid criticizing him: report

The Bush family promised President Trump that speeches and eulogies at the late George H.W. Bush’s funeral would avoid criticizing him, sources familiar with the funeral preparations told The Washington Post

The family reportedly assured Trump that the former president’s funeral would not include the anti-Trump messaging on display at the August funeral for the late Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.).

{mosads}“The comparisons are presenting themselves; we are not heightening them,” a source familiar with funeral preparations told the Post.

Another source close to the preparations told the Post that Bush “wouldn’t want anyone there to feel uncomfortable, including the incumbent president.”

“It’s interesting, though, that praising the Bushes or McCain risks sounding critical of Trump even when Trump’s in no way part of the thinking,” the source told the newspaper.

Trump is scheduled to attend the funeral at the Washington National Cathedral on Wednesday. The family extended an invitation to him over the summer, the Post said.

Trump and first lady Melania Trump made an unannounced visit to Capitol Hill on Monday night to pay their respects to Bush, who is now lying in state in the Capitol Rotunda.

Bush, who served as president from 1989 to 1993, died on Friday night. He was 94 years old. 

Trump has previously feuded with the Bush family, mocking the late Bush’s “thousand points of light” volunteer organization and two of his sons at various points. 

Former President George W. Bush will be among those eulogizing his father during the Wednesday funeral. Trump is not scheduled to speak.

“If there’s anybody that spoke to bipartisanship and rising above the politics of today, that would be my grandfather,” said George P. Bush, George H.W. Bush’s grandson, Tuesday on CNN. He said his family wanted to “take advantage of this time where we could put politics aside and focus on the greatness of our country.”

The White House has provided the Bush family with Air Force One and permitted them to stay at the official guesthouse across the street from the White House.

Trump was reportedly distraught over the multiple digs at him during McCain’s funeral. Trump had a contentious relationship with the Arizona Republican even in the final months of his life, and many of those who spoke at McCain’s funeral, including his daughter, offered rebukes of Trump’s presidency. 

Updated on Dec. 4 at 11:40 a.m.

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