President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania paid an unannounced visit to the Capitol Monday night to pay their respects to the late President George H.W. Bush as he lies in state in the Rotunda.
Motorcade of @POTUS & @FLOTUS just arrived at @uscapitol. #Bush41 pic.twitter.com/ZgLpf8KA2p
— Steve Herman (@W7VOA) December 4, 2018
The Trump’s arrived at the Capitol around 8:20 p.m. EST and walked into the Rotunda, which had been cleared of general public visitors for security. The solemn First Couple paid silent tribute as they stood in front of Bush’s flag draped coffin that rested on the Lincoln catafalque. After about a minute, Trump saluted Bush while Melania placed her hand over her heart. The couple then silently left the Rotunda.
President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania pay respects to late President George H.W. Bush at the Capitol Rotunda, December 3, 2018. Photo copyright Kristinn Taylor. pic.twitter.com/6j1tv6MTWX
— Kristinn Taylor (@KristinnFR) December 4, 2018
Afterward, Trump posted video of the salute to Bush.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 4, 2018
CBS News reporter Mark Knoller tweeted about the press’ keeping the visit under wraps until the Trumps arrived at the Capitol, “The visit to the Rotunda was not on Pres Trump’s press schedule. Press pool was honor-bound not to report his Rotunda visit until he arrived.”
The visit to the Rotunda was not on Pres Trump's press schedule. Press pool was honor-bound not to report his Rotunda visit until he arrived. pic.twitter.com/UkU93orDiK
— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) December 4, 2018
45 pays his respects to 41. #GeorgeHWBush https://t.co/XowdBaqDdr pic.twitter.com/nO6wfwPT4p
— Sean Doody (@swdoody) December 4, 2018
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The president tweeted this morning that he also plans to visit privately with members of the Bush family. https://t.co/XmwqMZARun pic.twitter.com/v6prywx2C8
— ABC News (@ABC) December 4, 2018
C-SPAN is providing around the clock coverage of President Bush lying in state at the Capitol. Click for live video.
Members of public who sign condolence book are being given these very nice Bush 41 cards. #Remembering41 pic.twitter.com/DomK4RMqkt
— Scott Wong (@scottwongDC) December 4, 2018