Trump praises 'beautiful tribute' for Bush

President TrumpDonald John TrumpRosenstein expected to leave DOJ next month: reports Allies wary of Shanahan's assurances with looming presence of Trump States file lawsuit seeking to block Trump's national emergency declaration MORE on Thursday lauded this week's "beautiful tribute" to the late President George H.W. Bush, his first public comments on the state funeral for the 41st president.
"The memorial was a beautiful tribute to President Bush's extraordinary life and a noble legacy to public service," Trump said during a Hanukkah reception at the White House.
Trump called Bush a "wonderful man" and added, "We will always remember this great statesman and beloved American patriot."
Speakers at the funeral avoided taking direct shots at Trump, but many observers pointed out that tributes to Bush's humility and decency stood in contrast to Trump's rancorous style of leadership.
Trump also had an awkward encounter with his predecessors, briefly shaking hands with former President Obama and former first lady Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaBarack, Michelle Obama expected to refrain from endorsing in 2020 Dem primary: report Ex-W.Va. official who made racist Michelle Obama remark defrauded ,000 from FEMA: report GOP senator dedicates heart photo to wife from Senate floor for Valentine's Day MORE, but declining to greet former President Clinton and his 2016 opponent, former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonRoger Stone shares, quickly deletes Instagram photo of federal judge on his case Barack, Michelle Obama expected to refrain from endorsing in 2020 Dem primary: report Why the national emergency? A second term may be Trump’s only shield from an indictment MORE.
Citing unnamed administration officials, The New York Times reported Wednesday that Trump "has been snappish with aides most of the week" because he has been "miffed in part by so many ceremonial events not related to him" and is "impatient for the memorials to end but expressed pride in himself for remaining publicly civil."
Bush died on Friday at the age of 94. He will be buried in College Station, Texas.