No chum­mi­ness be­tween Trump, ex-US pres­i­dents at fu­neral

Global Times - - WORLD - Page Edi­tor: wang­[email protected]­al­times.com.cn

US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump joined the group of liv­ing ex-US pres­i­dents on Wed­nes­day to com­mem­o­rate the life of former pres­i­dent Ge­orge H. W. Bush, but in a ser­vice char­ac­ter­ized by emo­tion and good feel­ing, warmth be­tween the cur­rent and former oc­cu­pants of the White House was de­cid­edly ab­sent.

Trump shook hands awk­wardly with his pre­de­ces­sor, Barack Obama, and former first lady Michelle Obama as he took his place in the front row of the ser­vice at the Wash­ing­ton Na­tional Cathe­dral.

He did not reach out to former pres­i­dent Bill Clin­ton or former sec­re­tary of state Hil­lary Clin­ton, who were seated next to the Oba­mas. Hil­lary Clin­ton, who lost to Trump in the 2016 pres­i­den­tial elec­tion, nod­ded but did not smile as the one-time New York busi­ness­man and his wife, Me­la­nia, joined the group that in­cluded former pres­i­dent Jimmy Carter and his wife, Ros­alynn.

Trump then pro­ceeded to sit through the ser­vice, of­ten with his arms folded over his chest and his eyes fixed in an in­tense stare ahead.

The fact that he came, how­ever, and was wel­comed by the Bush fam­ily, with whom he also has sparred, pro­vided a glimpse of bi­par­ti­san­ship and po­lit­i­cal ci­vil­ity that many feel are lack­ing since Trump took of­fice in Jan­uary 2017.

The pres­i­dent did not at­tend a ser­vice that was sim­i­lar in scale at the cathe­dral for Repub­li­can Sen­a­tor John McCain, who died ear­lier this year, and had to be talked into keep­ing the Amer­i­can flag at half-staff over the White House.

Trump and McCain had feuded re­peat­edly and at his ser­vice, the sen­a­tor’s daugh­ter Meghan McCain re­buked Trump in an emo­tional speech.

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