Jeb Bush: Trump and Melania ‘really gracious’ following George HW Bush’s death

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) offered praise for President TrumpDonald John TrumpGillibrand backs federal classification of third gender: report Former Carter pollster, Bannon ally Patrick Caddell dies at 68 Heather Nauert withdraws her name from consideration for UN Ambassador job MORE and his wife Melania in the days leading up to his father's funeral.

Bush told The Wall Street Journal on Tuesday that Trump and the first lady were "really gracious" upon the Bush family's arrival in Washington this week, where they joined every living former president for former President George H.W. Bush's funeral service.


The president “couldn’t have been nicer," the former Florida governor added.

"This is a time to celebrate George H.W. Bush, not to grieve his loss," Bush told the Journal. His father died last Friday at the age of 94.

Trump sat alongside his wife and next to former President Obama and his wife Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaEx-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 Barack Obama sends Valentine's message to Michelle: 'She does get down to Motown' MORE at Wednesday's funeral.

The interactions were heavily scrutinized, and Trump was seen on camera greeting the Obamas, but did not appear to speak with either former President Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonFor 2020, Democrats are lookin’ for somebody to love A year since Parkland: we have a solution Washington restaurant celebrates holiday with presidential drinks MORE or his wife and Trump's 2016 rival, Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonSanders expected to announce exploratory committee next week Bernie Sanders records announcement video ahead of possible 2020 bid Overnight Defense: Trump declares border emergency | .6B in military construction funds to be used for wall | Trump believes Obama would have started war with North Korea | Pentagon delivers aid for Venezuelan migrants MORE.

Fox News anchor Chris Wallace remarked during his network's coverage of the event that he was struck by a "chill" that apparently descended upon the front row of the funeral ceremony upon Trump's arrival Wednesday, describing the interaction between Trump and the Obamas as "cool."

Trump defeated Jeb Bush to win the GOP presidential nomination, tagging the Florida governor as "low energy" along the way. Bush had been seen as a favorite for the nomination before Trump's surprising rise.