Trump salutes Bush's casket in Capitol Rotunda

Cheryl Sanders
December 4, 2018

Vice President Mike Pence, House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell were among the dignitaries who joined the extended Bush family as the president's casket was carried to the Capitol Rotunda, where he will lie in state on the Lincoln Catafalque, first used for Abraham Lincoln's funeral in 1865.

She recalled Bush as a man of "honor, dignity and graciousness" and a president who worked across the aisle and sought good relations with other nations.

Trump salutes Bush's casket in Capitol Rotunda

Former President George H.W. Bush's family intentionally planned a state funeral for him that will avoid criticism of President Donald Trump despite the long-running animosity between the two families, The Washington Post reported Monday night.

"As much as our family is going to miss this dog, we're comforted to know he'll bring the same joy to his new home, Walter Reed, that he brought to 41", Bush wrote.

During the 2016 campaign, then-candidate Trump mocked former primary rival Jeb Bush as "low energy" and has also been fiercely critical of former President George W. Bush, even once describing him as the "worst" president in USA history. Bush, died late Friday at his Houston home at age 94, is to be honored with a state funeral at National Cathedral in the nation's capital on Wednesday, followed by burial Thursday on the grounds of his presidential library at Texas A&M.

Sully is named after former airline pilot Chesley B.

Jim McGrath, Bush's spokesman, posted an image of Sully next to Bush's casket on Sunday along with the caption, "Mission complete".

Sully went to work with Bush this summer after former first lady Barbara Bush passed away earlier this year.

He graduated from Yale in 1948 with a degree in economics.

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