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

President TrumpDonald John TrumpVeterans groups demand end to shutdown: 'Get your act together' Brown launches tour in four early nominating states amid 2020 consideration Pence on border wall: Trump won't be ‘deterred’ by Dem ‘obstruction’ MORE and first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpOvernight Defense: Trump says he won't declare emergency 'so fast' | Shutdown on track to become longest ever | Military begins withdrawing equipment from Syria | Bolton taps new deputy Bolton names replacement for deputy who clashed with first lady The Hill's Morning Report — Groundhog Day: Negotiations implode as shutdown reaches 20 days 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 ObamaMan who killed teenager who performed at Obama inauguration sentenced to 84 years in prison December sales cement best-seller status for Michelle Obama's book: report De Niro: Democrats 'have to be more aggressive' MORE, former President Clinton and Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonGillibrand announces exploratory committee to run for president on Colbert Former PepsiCo CEO being considered for World Bank chief post: report Live coverage: Trump AG pick grilled on Mueller probe at confirmation hearing 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.