There were many pundits who used the occasion President George H.W. Bush’s funeral to take shots at President Donald Trump.
What the president did in response had many shocked, The Daily Mail reported.
President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump slipped out of the Washington National Cathedral on Wednesday after the casket carrying the remains of the late President George H.W. Bush was carried up the aisle of the grand church.
The first couple, followed by Vice President Mike Pence, followed the Bush family and the casket up the aisle at the conclusion of Bush’s state funeral.
But then they left to return to the White House, getting back there before the hearse carrying Bush’s remains had left the church grounds.
The pool of reporters traveling with the president reported the motorcade carrying the first couple left the cathedral at 1:14 p.m.
That was before the casket carrying Bush was placed in the hearse. The Bush family will accompany the elder Bush’s remains back to Joint Base Andrews, where they will return to Houston via the presidential plane.
Trump was reported to back at the White House at 1:25 p.m.
The early exit gave President Trump a way to avoid talking to his predecessors and with Hillary Clinton, his 2016 campaign rival who pointedly ignored him as he and the first lady entered the cathedral for the service.
Former President Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton sat two seats away from President Trump and first lady Melania Trump – in the first gathering of the four since Inauguration Day.
Hillary Clinton looked resolutely ahead during their arrival at Washington National Cathedral even as the first couple walked by her to take their seats.
Seated in order of presidential precedence, Trump sat in the first seat in the first row of the Washington National Cathedral with the first lady beside him.
Next to her was former President Barack Obama, former first lady Michelle Obama, and then Bill Clinton with Hillary Clinton beside him.
Melania Trump shook hands with the Obamas and Bill Clinton when she arrived at the row of seats.
President Trump shook hands with the Obamas only.
The Bush family assured Trump this past summer that the funeral of patriarch George H.W. Bush would not include any criticism of the sitting President.