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Trump Salutes Bush's Casket at the Capitol

Melania put her hand over her heart
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 4, 2018 1:27 AM CST
President Trump salutes alongside first lady Melania Trump in front of the flag-draped casket of former President George H.W. Bush in the Capitol Rotunda in Washington, Monday, Dec. 3, 2018.   (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
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(Newser) – President Trump paid his respects Monday after George HW Bush arrived at the Capitol for the final time. The 45th president—who skipped an earlier service—visited the 41st president as he was lying in state, the AP reports. The president, who traveled down Pennsylvania Avenue in a motorcade, saluted the flag-draped coffin and Melania Trump put her hand over her heart. They turned and left after the brief visit. "In all, the president was away from the White House less than half an hour, without a word to the public or press," says Anthony Zurcher at the BBC. The former president died Friday at age 94. Trump is expected at his state funeral Wednesday at Washington National Cathedral. (Bush will be buried in a very fitting pair of socks.)

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