Flake offers rare praise for Trump on Bush comments: 'Well said, Mr President'

President TrumpDonald John TrumpGOP senators balk at lengthy impeachment trial Warren goes local in race to build 2020 movement 2020 Democrats make play for veterans' votes MORE received praise from Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeLindsey Graham basks in the impeachment spotlight Kelly, McSally virtually tied in Arizona Senate race: poll The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Nareit — White House cheers Republicans for storming impeachment hearing MORE (R-Ariz.), a longtime critic, over his tweet regarding former President George H.W. Bush's funeral Wednesday.

"Well said, Mr President," Flake wrote in response to Trump's tweet.

"Looking forward to being with the Bush family," Trump had tweeted. "This is not a funeral, this is a day of celebration for a great man who has led a long and distinguished life. He will be missed!"

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Despite his previous disagreements with the Bush family, Trump has been gracious following George H.W. Bush's death last Friday.

As noted in his tweet, the president visited with the Bush family Tuesday.

He also closed the federal government Wednesday, declaring it a day of mourning.

Trump and his wife Melania are attendinng Bush's funeral Wednesday at the National Cathedral.

Vice President Pence praised Bush in a speech memorializing him Tuesday.

"President Bush was a great leader who made a great difference in the life of this nation," he said. "But he was also just a good man who was devoted to his wife, his family and his friends."

"His faith sustained him throughout his life of service," he said. "And we pray that faith will be a source of comfort for all those who mourn the loss of this good man and great American."

"His example will always inspire and his lifetime of service will be enshrined in the hearts of the American people forever."