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Bush Family Does Not Want Repeat of McCain Funeral

The Bush family wants to keep services honoring former President George H.W. Bush about his life and accomplishments, avoiding the type of politics that were on display at the late Sen. John McCain’s funeral.

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According to a former White House official to Bush senior, President Trump was told months ago that he would be welcome at any funeral.

“This will be about the celebration of the noble public service that George H.W. Bush gave. It’s not going to be about anybody else. I don’t think it’s going to be about Trump,” the former official told Politico.

With Trump due to attend the funeral of President Bush, the nation can expect the Bush family to show “kindness and class” to Trump when he attends the service, according to a former Bush 43 White House official.

“I just think that it’s pretty common for president H.W. to rise above a lot of that,” that person said.

He later added: “He was going to be the same gracious guy in death with his funeral plans as in life and that’s the definition of grace, acting a particular way regardless of how you’re treated.” (Politico)

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One source with knowledge of the funeral arrangements told The Washington Post that Bush "wouldn't want anyone there to feel uncomfortable, including the incumbent president." 

“If anybody at any time knew anything about the 41st president of the United States, they would completely and totally understand that he would welcome the current occupant 100 percent,” an aide in the office of the former president told The Post. “This is the way the country says goodbye to presidents.

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