Donald Trump Will Attend George H.W. Bush's Funeral

Donald Trump will be attending the funeral of former President George H.W. Bush, who passed away on Friday at the age of 94.

"The President will designate Wednesday, December 5th as a National Day Of Mourning. He and the First Lady will attend the funeral at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.," White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said on Saturday morning.

Trump's presence at the upcoming funeral services was questioned after the president did not attend the funeral of former First Lady Barbara Bush this past April. At the time, Trump had cited that he did not want to cause any disruptions with the extra security that would be needed from his presence. Instead, First Lady Melania Trump went to the service.

Trump also had a rocky relationship with Bush, the 41st president of the U.S., and his son George W. Bush, the 43rd president of the U.S. The Bush family did not shy away from expressing concern when Trump was elected president in 2016. George H.W. Bush called Trump a "blowhard" and reports suggested he had voted for Hillary Clinton.

But shortly after the announcement of George H.W. Bush's death, Trump released a statement complimenting the former president for his lifetime of public service, his leadership through the end of the Cold War and his "devotion to family."

"Through his essential authenticity, disarming wit, and unwavering commitment to faith, family, and country, President Bush inspired generations of his fellow Americans to public service—to be, in his words, 'a thousand points of light' illuminating the greatness, hope, and opportunity of America to the world," the statement read. (Trump had previously mocked Bush's 'points of light' speech.)

Trump also tweeted to pay a personal tribute to Bush, writing: "President George H.W. Bush led a long, successful and beautiful life. Whenever I was with him I saw his absolute joy for life and true pride in his family. His accomplishments were great from beginning to end. He was a truly wonderful man and will be missed by all!"

Bush suffered from Parkinson's disease that in recent years kept him in and out of hospitals and forced him to use a wheelchair. In April, after attending the funeral services for his wife, Bush was admitted to the hospital for an infection that had spread to his blood.

Further details about the funeral arrangements have not yet been released. But as a former president, he will most likely lie in State in Washington, D.C., as have most former major dignitaries, including presidents, senators and Supreme Court justices.

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President Donald Trump gestures during the plenary session on the opening day of Argentina G20 Leaders' Summit 2018 at Costa Salguero on November 30, 2018 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. While at the summit, Trump received the news of the death of former President George H.W. Bush. Bush passed away on Friday at the age of 94. Amilcar Orfali/Getty Images
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