Trump praises 'beautiful tribute' for Bush

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump defends Stephanopolous interview Trump defends Stephanopolous interview Buttigieg on offers of foreign intel: 'Just call the FBI' 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.
 
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Trump called Bush a "wonderful man" and added, "We will always remember this great statesman and beloved American patriot."
 
The president and first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpWhite House mulling restoring daily press briefing with Sanders replacement: report White House mulling restoring daily press briefing with Sanders replacement: report Trump compares Melania to Jackie Kennedy: 'We have our own Jackie O' MORE attended Wednesday's funeral at the Washington National Cathedral along with all four living former presidents. Trump was not asked to eulogize Bush.
 
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.
 
 
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.