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Trump Orders White House Closed To Honor H.W. Bush

December 01, 2018 - 2:48 pm

WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) -- President Donald Trump is ordering federal offices to be closed Wednesday to honor former President George H.W. Bush.

Trump signed an executive order Saturday, a day after Bush's death, directing federal agencies and departments to close "as a mark of respect for George Herbert Walker Bush, the forty-first President of the United States."

Trump had already proclaimed Wednesday a national day of mourning.

The White House announced Bush will be honored with a state funeral and said President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump will attend a service at Washington's National Cathedral.

Congressional leaders have said Bush will lie in state in Capitol Rotunda from Monday evening through Wednesday morning.


1:30 p.m.

Former President George H.W. Bush will lie in state in the Capitol Rotunda next week.

The 41st president died late Friday, less than a year after the passing of his wife of 73 years, former first lady Barbara Bush.

The leaders of Congress from both parties say an arrival ceremony will be held for the former president on Monday at 5 p.m. EST. The public is invited to pay respects beginning Monday at 7:30 p.m. EST through Wednesday at 7 a.m.

House Speaker Paul Ryan, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer and House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi say the Bush family will announce additional details about funeral arrangements beyond the Capitol ceremony.

A funeral service is planned for Washington's National Cathedral. The White House has said Trump and first lady Melania Trump will attend.


12:25 p.m.

Former Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis, who lost to George H.W. Bush in the 1988 presidential election, says his former political foe's greatest legacy was his efforts to help end the Cold War.

Dukakis told The Associated Press in a telephone interview that the two men strongly disagreed on domestic policy. But he credits Bush with successfully negotiating with Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev. Bush died Friday night at age 94.

Dukakis also praised Bush for working with other countries and the United Nations in the first Gulf War, calling him wise and thoughtful in international affairs.

Dukakis blames himself for his election loss, saying he failed to respond aggressively to a Bush campaign ad featuring a convicted killer named Willie Horton who raped a woman and stabbed her partner while out of prison on a Massachusetts furlough program.


12:15 p.m.

Congressional leaders on Capitol Hill are mourning the passing of former President George H.W. Bush.

Bush died Friday night at his home in Houston. As president, the Republican had sought a "kinder and gentler nation."

Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York says that yearning "seems more needed now than when he first called for it."

Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan says Bush led with "decency and integrity" and "the country is inspired by his example."

Tennessee Republican Sen. Bob Corker notes the way Bush "befriended political foes, reminding Americans that there is always more that unites us than divides us."

South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham calls Bush "a great role model for all of us." And Democratic House Leader Nancy Pelosi says it was a "privilege to work with him."

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