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Laura Bush Thanks Melania for ‘Sweet’ Gesture to Bush Family Amid George H.W. Bush’s Passing

By Jack Phillips

Laura Bush, the former first lady and wife of former President George W. Bush, said she was touched by current first lady Melania Trump’s invitation to the White House.

On Dec. 4, they the Trumps joined the Bushes at the Blair House in Washington D.C.

Trump invited the former first lady as well as a host of Bush children and grandchildren to see Christmas decorations at the White House on Dec. 4, USA Today reported. No photographers were present, said Melania’s spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham.

Laura Bush posted photos on Instagram of the Bushes gathered around under a portrait of the 41st president, draped in black cloth.

The Trumps were paying a condolence visit to the Bush family who are in Washington for former President George H.W. Bush’s state funeral and related honors. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
President Trump Visits Former President George W. Bush And Former First Lady Laura As President H.W. Bush is dead
Former first lady Laura Bush and former President George W. Bush greet President Donald Trump outside of Blair House December 04, 2018 in Washington, DC. The Trumps were paying a condolence visit to the Bush family who are in Washington for former President George H.W. Bush’s state funeral and related honors. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

“A sweet visit during this somber week,” she said. “Thanks to Mrs. Trump for inviting our family to the White House to see the Christmas decorations and our old friends, the residence staff.”

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who ran against President Donald Trump, said Trump “couldn’t have been nicer” following George H.W. Bush’s death.

Both Trump and Melania Trump have been “really gracious,” noting that the first lady gave former first lady Laura Bush and 19 other Bush family members a tour at the White House.

“What people want to talk about is, ‘Well, why isn’t the president giving the eulogy?’ It’s because we have a unique circumstance here. My brother was president,” Jeb said. “I’m sorry,” he added. “First dibs.”

President Trump, for his part, tweeted: “Looking forward to being with the wonderful Bush family at Blair House today. The former First Lady will be coming over to the White House this morning to be given a tour of the Christmas decorations by Melania. The elegance & precision of the last two days have been remarkable!”

On Dec. 5, Bush’s plane, which often serves as Air Force One, arrived at Ellington Field outside Houston in late afternoon. As a motorcade subsequently carried Bush’s remains to the family church, St. Martin’s Episcopal, along a closed interstate, hundreds of people in stopped cars on the other side of the road took pictures and shot cell phone video, according to AP.

Trump at Bush funeral
From left, President Donald Trump, first lady Melania Trump, former President Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, former President Bill Clinton, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and former President Jimmy Carter listen as former President George W. Bush speaks during a State Funeral at the National Cathedral in Washington for former President George H.W. Bush on Dec. 5, 2018.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon, Pool)

One driver of a tanker truck climbed atop the hulking vehicle for a better view, and at least 15 firefighters scaled a pair of stopped firetrucks to salute. Upon its arrival at the church, Bush’s casket was met by a military band and Houston Democratic Mayor Sylvester Turner.

George W. Bush broke down briefly at the end of his eulogy while invoking the daughter his parents lost in 1953 and his mother, who died in April. He said he took comfort in knowing “Dad is hugging Robin and holding Mom’s hand again.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

From The Epoch Times