SEVERE WX : Fire Weather Watch View Alerts

Trumps pay respects to George H.W. Bush

President Trump and first lady Melania Trump visit the US Capitol Rotunda to pay their respects to former President George H.W. Bush.

Posted: Dec 4, 2018 6:37 PM
Updated: Dec 4, 2018 6:44 PM

A grandson of George H.W. Bush said Tuesday that the late 41st president wanted his state funeral to be an opportunity for the nation to put aside political differences.

"Whether it's him or his staff, I know, and my grandmother, they all wanted all current occupants to be a part of this process and to take advantage of this time where we can put politics aside and focus on the greatness of our country and devotion to causes greater than ourselves," Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush told CNN's John Berman and Alisyn Camerota on "New Day."

"There's a time for politics and there's a time for governing, but there's also a time for reflection, and this is a time for reflection for our country to think about the values that make our country great," Bush added.

President Donald Trump and George P. Bush's father, Jeb, engaged in a vitriolic primary rivalry during the 2016 campaign, and Trump has mocked and criticized the legacies of both Presidents Bush. The Washington Post has reported that the Bush family has intentionally planned a state funeral for him that will avoid criticism of Trump despite the long-running animosity between the two families, which would be in contrast to the September memorial for Sen. John McCain, which was marked by implicit references to Trump and his behavior as president.

Bush said Trump and Congress' devotion of time to his grandfather's legacy reflects the late president's commitment to bipartisanship.

"It's important for the country to take this time and reflect on the commonalities that we have rather than the differences," Bush said.

The Post, citing a former administration official, said that the Bush family contacted the White House this past summer to make it clear that the President would be welcome at the funeral and, according to the paper, to "assure him that the focus would be on Bush's life rather than their disagreements."

Bush, who died Friday at the age of 94, will be memorialized on Wednesday at the National Cathedral in Washington. The Post reported that one person close to the funeral planning said the Bush family's decision to be amicable toward the current president was "at least partly pragmatic" because Trump has the final say over important aspects of the funeral, including the use of Air Force One to carry Bush's body between Texas to Washington.

Another person told the Post that Bush "wouldn't want anyone there to feel uncomfortable, including the incumbent president.'"

Former President George W. Bush will deliver a eulogy for his late father at the funeral, as will former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney, former US Sen. Alan Simpson and presidential historian and Bush biographer Jon Meacham, none of whom are expected to critique Trump in their statements.

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 292560

Reported Deaths: 6718
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Los Angeles1232563643
Riverside21957515
Orange20225376
San Diego17842406
San Bernardino16586293
Imperial7464125
Fresno728184
Alameda7245142
San Joaquin581761
Kern575987
Santa Clara5552165
Tulare5298148
Sacramento477678
Contra Costa424186
San Francisco407150
Ventura385850
Santa Barbara380830
San Mateo3743111
Marin323226
Stanislaus300450
Kings282338
Monterey227017
Solano192227
Merced162311
Sonoma148714
Placer97011
Madera8578
San Luis Obispo8453
Yolo76028
Santa Cruz5033
Napa4534
Sutter3234
San Benito3042
Butte2954
El Dorado2800
Lassen2670
Shasta1715
Humboldt1574
Nevada1551
Yuba1543
Glenn1530
Lake1001
Colusa980
Mendocino980
Tehama981
Calaveras610
Del Norte580
Tuolumne580
Mono491
Amador350
Inyo341
Siskiyou330
Mariposa311
Plumas150
Alpine20
Trinity20
Sierra10
Unassigned00
Chico
Clear
91° wxIcon
Hi: 97° Lo: 67°
Feels Like: 91°
Oroville
Clear
94° wxIcon
Hi: 100° Lo: 68°
Feels Like: 94°
Paradise
Clear
91° wxIcon
Hi: 92° Lo: 68°
Feels Like: 91°
Chester
Clear
77° wxIcon
Hi: 83° Lo: 53°
Feels Like: 77°
Red Bluff
Clear
94° wxIcon
Hi: 100° Lo: 67°
Feels Like: 94°
Willows
Clear
91° wxIcon
Hi: 101° Lo: 65°
Feels Like: 91°
The heat continues to rise around northern California as we progress through the week, and no real relief from this current heat wave is in sight.
KHSL Severe
KHSL Radar
KHSL Temperatures

Community Events