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 TrumpChelsea Clinton announces birth of third child Ukrainian officials and Giuliani are sharing back-channel campaign information: report Trump attacks 'the Squad' as 'racist group of troublemakers' 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.

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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.

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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.