US President Donald Trump did not be attend the funeral of former first lady Barbara Bush.
The White House issued a statement saying that Mr Trump was missing the event “to avoid disruptions due to added security, and out of respect for the Bush Family”.
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In the statement Trump said, “She will be long remembered for her strong devotion to country and family, both of which she served unfailingly well.”
The president said that he’d be watching the service from his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida.
Heading to the Southern White House to watch the Funeral Service of Barbara Bush. First Lady Melania has arrived in Houston to pay our respects. Will be a beautiful day!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 21, 2018
Press TV reports: “First Lady Melania Trump will attend the memorial service for Barbara Bush this Saturday on behalf of the First Family. To avoid disruptions due to added security, and out of respect for the Bush Family and friends attending the service, President Trump will not attend,” the White House said in a Saturday statement.
Some 1,500 guests, among them first lady Melania Trump, former US president Bill Clinton, former secretary of state and 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and former president Barack Obama and his wife Michelle are expected to attend St Martin’s Episcopal Church in Houston on Saturday for the private funeral of Barbara Bush.
Four first ladies are expected Saturday to honor Bush. Melania Trump, Michelle Obama, daughter-in-law Laura Bush and Hillary Clinton. Rosalynn Carter, 90, is recovering from surgery and unable to attend.