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Trumps meet privately with George W., Laura Bush to offer condolences

President TrumpDonald John TrumpBush family promised Trump that funeral would avoid criticizing him: report Manafort last year discussed brokering a deal with Ecuador to hand over Assange to US: report Justice Department shuffles top spokeswomen after Sessions exit: report MORE and first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpBush family promised Trump that funeral would avoid criticizing him: report Trump, first lady pay respects to Bush in Capitol Bush hailed for principles as lawmakers pay respects MORE met privately Tuesday evening with former President George W. Bush and former first lady Laura Bush on the eve of funeral services for former President George H.W. Bush.

The president and first lady traveled via motorcade across the street from the White House to the Blair House, which is used to accommodate guests of honor. They appeared to warmly exchange pleasantries with George W. and Laura Bush before the four entered the building without taking questions. 

Trump and the first lady exited about 20 minutes later and returned to the White House.

President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump are greeted by President George W. Bush and Laura Bush at Blair House. pic.twitter.com/OZixrOgpNo

— CSPAN (@cspan) December 4, 2018

.@realDonaldTrump and First Lady Melania Trump are greeted by former president George W. Bush and Mrs. Bush as they arrive at the Blair House to meet with the Bush Family on the eve of the George Herbert Walker Bush's memorial service. #BushFuneral #Bush41 pic.twitter.com/uiTRl4VvCW

— Doug Mills (@dougmillsnyt) December 4, 2018

Melania Trump earlier in the day hosted a tour of the White House Christmas decorations for Laura Bush and other members of the Bush family who are in town for services for George H.W. Bush. 

The 41st president died on Friday at his home in Houston. He was 94.

Thousands have flocked to the Capitol to pay respects to Bush, whose remains are lying in state there through Wednesday morning. Trump and his wife visited the Capitol on Monday night.

Trump has declared Wednesday a national day of mourning, and a funeral service will be held for Bush at the National Cathedral.

The Trumps, the Bushes, Barack and Michelle Obama, Bill and Hillary Clinton and Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter are all expected to attend the service on Wednesday.

Trump has avoided controversy in the aftermath of George H.W. Bush's death, despite previously targeting the Bush family for criticism.

He has slammed George W. Bush for making the "worst single mistake" in U.S. history by invading Iraq, mocked his brother former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush repeatedly while on the campaign trail in 2016, and poked fun at George H.W. Bush earlier this year over his use of the phrase "thousand points of light."

Trump did not attend the funeral earlier this year for former first lady Barbara Bush, but George H.W. Bush reportedly made clear he wanted the current president to attend his funeral services.


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