Despite bitter family rivalry, Bush wanted Trump at his funeral

When President Donald Trump didn’t attend Barbara Bush’s funeral earlier this year, it stoked chatter about a rivalry between the two powerful families who have a history of sniping at each other.

The former first lady criticized Trump during the 2016 campaign for saying “terrible things” about women and the military, and was long displeased with Trump’s insults toward her husband and sons.

But many of the family’s confidants said Saturday former President George H.W. Bush wished to put that all aside when it came to Trump attending his funeral.

“If anybody at anytime knew anything about the 41st president of the United States, they would completely and totally understand that he would welcome the current occupant 100 percent,” said an aide in the office of the former president. “This is the way the country says goodbye to presidents.”

Trump said Saturday in Argentina that he spoke with former President George W. Bush and Jeb Bush this morning to offer condolences. He also said the late president Bush was a "wonderful" and "very fine man." He and first lady Melania Trump will attend Bush’s funeral at the National Cathedral, the White House said.
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