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 TrumpRussia's election interference is a problem for the GOP Pence to pitch trade deal during trip to Michigan: report Iran oil minister: US made 'bad mistake' in ending sanctions waivers 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 ObamaThe Hill's Morning Report — Category 5 Mueller storm to hit today Warren praises Ocasio-Cortez in Time 100 Beyoncé in 'Time 100' profile: Michelle Obama empowers black Americans 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 ClintonFive town hall takeaways: Warren shines, Sanders gives ammo to critics Heavy lapses in judgment are politicizing the justice system Bernie Sanders claims his Sister Souljah moment MORE or his wife and Trump's 2016 rival, Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonTrump rips Krugman, NYT after columnist writes GOP no longer believes in American values Klobuchar jokes to Cuomo: 'I feel you creeping over my shoulder' but 'not in a Trumpian manner' Dems seek to rein in calls for impeachment 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.