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George H.W. Bush to lie in state in Capitol Rotunda next week

George H.W. Bush to lie in state in Capitol Rotunda next week
© Greg Nash

The late President George H.W. Bush will lie in state in the Capitol Rotunda early next week, congressional leaders announced Saturday.

Leaders of the House and Senate said that a bicameral arrival ceremony will be held Monday evening. The public will be able to pay their respects until Wednesday morning.

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Gerald Ford was the last president to lie in state following his death in 2006. The late Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainHouse Freedom Caucus chair weighs Arizona Senate bid Cindy McCain planning 'intimate memoir' of life with John McCain Trump-McConnell rift divides GOP donors MORE (R-Ariz.), who died in August, also laid in state in the Rotunda.

Bush's family announced the former president's death Friday in a statement released by his son, former President George W. Bush. No cause of death has been given. He was 94 years old.

President TrumpDonald TrumpProsecutors focus Trump Organization probe on company's financial officer: report WHO official says it's 'premature' to think pandemic will be over by end of year Romney released from hospital after fall over the weekend MORE has declared a national day of mourning for Wednesday to honor Bush and has ordered U.S. flags to be flown at half-staff for 30 days. Trump also issued an executive order closing federal agencies and departments on Wednesday.

Trump and first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpOvernight Health Care: Senate to vote on .9 trillion relief bill this week | J&J vaccine rollout begins | CDC warns against lifting restrictions Trump has been vaccinated for coronavirus Jill Biden picks up where she left off MORE plan to attend Bush's funeral services at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., despite having feuded with several members of the Bush family. President Trump did not attend McCain's funeral in September at the senator's request.

Details on the funeral service have not yet been released.

"He was a wonderful man," Trump said of the late president while speaking to reporters on Saturday during a trip to Buenos Aires, Argentina, for the Group of 20 summit.

Trump said he spoke with Bush's sons, George W. Bush and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, by phone earlier in the day.

"He was a very fine man. I met him on a number of occasions," Trump said. "He was a terrific guy and he’ll be missed. He lived a full life and an exemplary life."