Trumps meet privately with George W., Laura Bush to offer condolences

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump: 'Haven't thought about' pardons for Mueller target Pence: Rocket attack 'proves that Hamas is not a partner for peace' Conservation remains a core conservative principle MORE and first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpThe Hill's Morning Report — Washington readies for Mueller end game Schwarzenegger tells Trump to 'listen to the first lady' before attacking McCain The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump steps up attacks on McCain MORE met privately Tuesday evening with former President George W. Bush and former first lady Laura Bush on the eve of funeral services for former President George H.W. Bush.

The president and first lady traveled via motorcade across the street from the White House to the Blair House, which is used to accommodate guests of honor. They appeared to warmly exchange pleasantries with George W. and Laura Bush before the four entered the building without taking questions. 

President Trump and the first lady exited about 20 minutes later and returned to the White House.

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Melania Trump earlier in the day hosted a tour of the White House Christmas decorations for Laura Bush and other members of the Bush family who are in town for the funeral services. 

The 41st president died on Friday at his home in Houston. He was 94.

Thousands have flocked to the Capitol to pay respects to Bush, whose remains are lying in state there through Wednesday morning. President Trump and his wife visited the Capitol on Monday night.

The president has declared Wednesday a national day of mourning, and a funeral service will be held for Bush at the National Cathedral.

The Trumps, the Bushes, former President Obama and Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaSouthern Poverty Law Center head announces resignation Michelle Obama on 'Becoming': 'Sasha still hasn't read it' Michelle Obama seeks volunteers for local campaigns: There are 'no "off" years' MORE, former President Clinton and Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonGraham: McCain 'acted appropriately' by handing Steele dossier to FBI Why Mueller's hedge on obstruction decision was a mistake Giuliani says news media treat Dems better than GOP MORE and former President Carter and Rosalynn Carter are all expected to attend the service on Wednesday.

President Trump has avoided controversy in the aftermath of George H.W. Bush's death, despite previously targeting the Bush family for criticism.

He has slammed George W. Bush for making the "worst single mistake" in U.S. history by invading Iraq, mocked his brother former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush repeatedly while on the campaign trail in 2016, and poked fun at George H.W. Bush earlier this year over his use of the phrase "thousand points of light."

President Trump did not attend the funeral earlier this year for former first lady Barbara Bush, but George H.W. Bush reportedly made clear he wanted the current president to attend his funeral services.