Politics Melania Trump takes White House staffers who knew Barbara Bush to funeral

22:20  21 april  2018
22:20  21 april  2018 Source:   thehill.com

Trump orders flags to half-staff for Barbara Bush

  Trump orders flags to half-staff for Barbara Bush President Donald Trump late Tuesday ordered flags lowered to half-staff through Saturday night in memory of former first lady Barbara Bush, who died earlier Tuesday at the age of 92. And the White House Historical Association announced Tuesday that members of the public who wish to sign the official condolence book for Bush can do so beginning at 9 a.m. Wednesday. The condolence book will be at the White House Visitor Center, steps from the White House, at 1450 Pennsylvania Ave. NW in Washington. The center is open daily from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is free to the public, according to the historical association.

First Lady Melania Trump will travel to Houston this weekend for the funeral of former first lady Barbara Bush . Melania put out her own official White House statement regarding Barbara ’s passing, separate from that of her husband, on Tuesday evening.

White House staffers opted not to go in solidarity with the president. And Trump himself hosted a campaign rally in Pennsylvania. Melania Trump Will Attend Former First Lady Barbara Bush ’s Funeral Service.

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First lady Melania Trump brought two White House staff members who were close to the Bush family as her guests to former first lady Barbara Bush's funeral on Saturday in Houston.

Trump was accompanied by former White House head maître d' George Hainey and current White House usher Buddy Carter, the first lady's office said.

"She knew they were very close to the Bush family and wanted them to be able to pay their respects," spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham said.

In a statement following the service, Trump praised Bush as "a woman of indisputable character and grace."

"It was my honor to travel to Houston to give my respects to Barbara Bush and the remarkable life she led as a mother, wife, and fearless First Lady," she said.

Melania Trump will attend Barbara Bush's funeral

  Melania Trump will attend Barbara Bush's funeral First lady Melania Trump will attend the funeral for Barbara Bush in Texas on Saturday. "Mrs. Trump plans to pay her respects at the funeral on Saturday," her communications director Stephanie Grisham told CNN.It is common for sitting first ladies to attend the funerals of former first ladies, as Michelle Obama did in 2016 for the funeral in California of former first lady Nancy Reagan. Then-first lady Hillary Clinton attended the burial of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis in 1994.

Permanent White House staffers say the Clintons are paranoid and that serving Trump would be a disaster. It is unclear how Melania Trump would behave as First Lady, but on the campaign trail she often talks about taking care of their young son as her top priority.

The first official White House photo of Melania Trump , released Monday (April 3), is a gauzy, almost airbrushed-looking Laura Bush (Krisanne Johnson/Official White House Photo). Betty Ford poses on an outdoor balcony, like she’s taken a pause while offering a tour of the America’s most famous home.

The first lady attended Bush's services in Houston on Saturday, while President Trump watched from his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida.

Former Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton both attended the service, as did their wives. They joined George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush among the former presidents in attendance.

Barbara Bush died Tuesday night at age 92. She had been hospitalized multiple times throughout the past year.

Former President George H.W. Bush not yet being discharged from hospital .
Former President George H.W. Bush will remain hospitalized Monday to "continue regaining strength," according to his spokesman. In a tweet Monday, family spokesman Jim McGrath gave no timetable for Bush's discharge. He'd tweeted Friday that Bush would remain at Houston Methodist Hospital through the weekend to continue his recovery.

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