Trump will not be speaking at funeral for George H.W. Bush
WASHINGTON – President Trump will not be speaking at the funeral for the late President George H.W. Bush, it was reported Monday.
Instead, the Bush family has lined up four people to say eulogies to President George H.W. Bush — including his son, George W. Bush.
The other eulogists include former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney, former Sen. Alan Simpson (R-Wy.) and presidential historian Jon Meacham, who also eulogized first lady Barbara Bush.
President Trump and first lady Melania Trump plan to to attend the ceremony Wednesday morning at the National Cathedral in Washington. On Monday, President Trump tweeted, “Looking forward to being with the Bush Family to pay my respects to President George H.W. Bush.”
CNN reported that Trump would not be giving a eulogy, and instead meet privately Tuesday with the Bush family at Blair House, the president’s guest house that is located across the street from the White House.
The Trumps are also expected to pay a visit to the Capitol Building Monday night, where Bush will lie in state through Wednesday morning, a White House official confirmed to The Post.
Sitting presidents have eulogized the last three past presidents who have died.
George W. Bush gave eulogies for both Gerald Ford, who passed away in 2006, and Ronald Reagan, who died in 2004. Before that, Bill Clinton gave a eulogy for Richard Nixon when he died in April 1994.
Harry Truman and Lyndon Johnson died a month apart in late 1972 and early 1973.
Truman opted not to have a state funeral. Instead, his body lied in state in Independence, Missouri. Nixon was the first person in line to pay his respects.
At Johnson’s funeral, held at National City Christian Church in downtown Washington, Nixon presided over the affair, but did not speak.
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