While Jeb Bush has been quite the opposite of a supporter of President Trump’s politics, he had nothing but good things to say about how Trump reacted to his father’s death.
Town Hall reported that Jeb Bush, son of the late former President George H.W. Bush, told the Wall Street Journal Tuesday that his family was celebrating the legacy of his father and praised the Trumps for being “gracious.”
“The president and the first lady have been very gracious,” he said. “I think it’s been great.”
He also addressed the question of why Trump was not giving the eulogy.
“What people want to talk about is: Well why isn’t the president giving the eulogy? And it’s because we have a unique circumstance here,” he explained. “My brother was president. It’s like, I’m sorry. First dibs, as we used to say. I don’t know how to explain it other than that.”
The First Lady and President Trump show their respect for George H.W. Bush.
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WATCH: President Trump salutes the casket of former President George H.W. Bush. The president and First Lady Melania Trump paid their respects to Mr. Bush at the Capitol on Monday night. pic.twitter.com/2yUiSsd5dj
— CBS 7 (@CBS7News) December 4, 2018
The Bush family vowed not to turn their father’s funeral into an anti-Trump resistance rally, like what happened at John McCain’s funeral.
There will not be the kind of open hostility towards President Trump that was on display during John McCain's funeral at the service for former President George H.W. Bush, NPR's @HorsleyScott says. pic.twitter.com/ToGnE2Zw7H
— Up First (@UpFirst) December 5, 2018
Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush praised President Donald Trump on Tuesday for his gracious response to the Bush family after the death of George H.W. Bush.
Jeb Bush said that Trump called him after his father died and “couldn’t have been nicer.”
Trump’s former rival for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016 spoke about his father’s death and President Trump during a Wall Street Journal event in Washington, DC.
He said that his granddaughters joined First Lady Melania Trump and other members of the Bush family on Tuesday to visit the White House and tour the Christmas decorations.
Jeb added that both the president and the first lady were “really gracious” to the family.
He acknowledged that Trump was not delivering the eulogy for his father but said that George W. Bush had “first dibs.”
“What people want to talk about is, well, why isn’t the president giving the eulogy?’” he said. “It’s because we have a unique circumstance here: my brother was president.”
Trump will attend the state funeral for George H.W. Bush which will be held on Wednesday.