Trump, Melania pay respects to Bush Sr. at US Capitol
US President Donald J. Trump (R) and his wife, Melania (L), pay respects to former President George H.W. Bush as he lies in state in the Rotunda of the US Capitol in Washington, DC, USA, Dec. 3, 2018. EPA-EFE/JIM LO SCALZO
US President Donald J. Trump (R) and First Lady Melania Trump (L) take a moment of silence at the casket containing the body of former US President George H.W. Bush in Rotunda of the US Capitol in Washington, DC, USA, Dec. 3, 2018. EPA-EFE/SHAWN THEW
US President Donald J. Trump (2-L) and First Lady Melania Trump (L) pay their respects in front of the casket bearing the body of former US President George H.W. Bush, in the Rotunda of the US Capitol in Washington, DC, USA, Dec. 3, 2018. EPA-EFE/MICHAEL REYNOLDS
Washington DC, Dec 3 (efe-epa).- The president of the United States paid his respects to George H. W. Bush at the US Capitol on Monday.
Donald Trump and his wife Melania stood by the coffin of the former president, whose body is lying in state in the Capitol Rotunda.
Bush, who served as vice president under Ronald Reagan from 1981 to 1989 before becoming president in 1989, died on Friday aged 94.
Trump saluted while Melania placed her hand over heart, before returning to the White House without speaking to reporters.
During a speech at the ceremony, Vice President Mike Pence praised Bush’s modesty and service to the country.
"President Bush was a great leader who made a great difference in the life of this nation. But he was also just a good man who was devoted to his wife, his family and his friends," Pence said.
The public will be able to pay their respects to the late president as his body lies in state before his funeral on Wednesday.
Attending the funeral will be Trump and Melania, along with other former leaders and outstanding figures in US public life, including members of the Cabinet and the Supreme Court.
Afterwards, Bush's coffin will be transported to Houston, where his family members will be able to say their last goodbyes before he is interred at his presidential library in College Station, Texas, where his wife Barbara, who died in April, is buried.
As well as serving as vice president and president, the patriarch of the Bush family served as a fighter pilot during World War II, before being elected to Congress and serving as UN ambassador and CIA director.