Solemn public pays tribute to Bush before dawn in Rotunda

REUTERS  Kamil Krzaczynski

REUTERS Kamil Krzaczynski

US financial markets will also be closed on Wednesday to honor Bush, and the US Supreme Court postponed arguments.

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

Cannon roared again outside the Capitol as the sun sank and his eldest son, former President George W. Bush, stood with his hand over his heart, watching the casket's procession up the steps.

Trump's relations with the Republican establishment have been rocky since his insurgent campaign took him to the party's nomination and then a shock election win in 2016.

Laura Bush accompanied her husband, former President George W. Bush, to Washington for the funeral of his father, Bush 41.

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Trump also did not attend the funeral in August of another Republican giant, former senator John McCain.

The CIA, too, honored Bush, the only spy chief to become president, as three agency directors past and present joined the public in the viewing. "David Gergen just mentioned we need to give him credit for not tweeting out nasty things about President Bush".

Fred Curry, one of the few African-Americans in line, is a registered Democrat from Hyattsville, Maryland, who voted for Bush in 1988, the election won by the one-term president.

Greg Gutfeld honored the late President George Herbert Walker Bush in his monologue on "The Five" Tuesday.

Bush family spokesman Jim McGrath shared a photo of Sully earlier this week lying in front of Bush's casket, which was draped with an American flag. He had been trained by America's VetDogs, an organization that provides service dogs.

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Bush's body was flown to Washington, D.C., on Monday.

"I think he was one of the kindest, most generous men", said Marge Frazier, who visited the downtown statue on Sunday while showing friends from California around.

11 a.m. ET - Funeral service at St. Martin's Episcopal Church in Houston.

Wednesday is a national day of mourning for the 41st President.

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