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
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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 McCainMontana barrels toward blockbuster Senate fight How Obama just endorsed Trump Former Texas Rep. Sam Johnson dies at 89 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 John TrumpTrump says inviting Russia to G7 'a question of common sense' Pentagon chief does not support invoking Insurrection Act Dershowitz: Does President Trump have power to declare martial law? 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 TrumpThe Memo: Nation nears a breaking point Washington archbishop criticizes Trump visit to Catholic shrine The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump poses for controversial photo op at DC church amid protests 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."