President Donald Trump has handled the passing of former President George H.W. Bush with a level of normalcy and respect not demonstrated following the passing of Sen. John McCain in August, as Politico noted.
The White House released a statement promptly after his passing and Trump has showered the former president with praise on Twitter. He even stopped by the U.S. Capitol Monday evening with the first lady to pay his respects.
The change in tone is likely fueled Bush family assurances that the 41st President’s funeral would be free of political tension and the anti-Trump sentiment that permeated McCain’s funeral, the Washington Post reported. According to a former administration official who spoke to the Post, the Bush family contacted the White House this summer to welcome Trump to the funeral.
A person close to funeral planning told the Post that while the family had pure motives in inviting the Trumps, they also wanted to ensure the funeral was carried out according to the family’s wishes, including the use of Air Force One to carry his remains to and back from Washington, D.C.
Read the Post’s full report here.