President Donald Trump will attend the state funeral of former president George H.W. Bush, who has died at 94, the White House said Saturday.
Concise News reports that Bush, the 41st president, died at home in Houston on Friday.
Trump’s spokeswoman said: “A state funeral is being arranged with all of the accompanying support and honours. The president will designate Wednesday, December 5th as a National Day Of Mourning. He and the first lady will attend the funeral at the National Cathedral in Washington, DC.”
Trump did not attend the funeral of Bush’s wife Barbara, the matriarch of the family, who died in April.
The invitation-only service at St Martin’s Episcopal Church in Houston included Bush’s successor Bill Clinton, Barack Obama, as well as other senior officials.
The White House attributed Trump’s absence to his desire to avoid disruptions, though First Lady Melania Trump was present.