WASHINGTON DC: President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania paid their respects Monday to late president George HW Bush, whose remains lay in state in the US Capitol.
The Trumps made a brief visit to the Capitol rotunda, where Bush’s flag-draped coffin was resting as part of tributes to honor the 41st US president and remember his extraordinary life.
Bush died peacefully Friday at age 94, at his home in Houston, a passing that led Americans to reflect on his life of duty and service to the country as a leader of the so-called “Greatest Generation.”
Only the second president to see his son follow him to the Oval Office, the Republican stalwart is being honoured with four days of commemorations and services in Washington and in Texas, where he will be buried Thursday.
Trump is scheduled to attend a state funeral Wednesday at Washington National Cathedral —the first presidential funeral since Gerald Ford died in 2006.
But late Monday, after Bush relatives and dignitaries had gone, the president was driven from the White House up to Capitol Hill.