Air Force One landed in Houston Sunday afternoon to begin former President George H.W. Bush’s last journey back to Washington, D.C.
President Trump said Saturday that it was “a special tribute that he deserves very much.”
The remains of the 41st President, who died late Friday night, will be flown to Joint Base Andrews in Prince George’s County, Maryland, Monday, where an arrival ceremony is scheduled for 3:30 p.m.
Bush’s casket will lie in state at the US Capitol from Monday evening to Wednesday morning and will then be moved to the National Cathedral for a state funeral.
The late politician will then be flown back to Texas for a funeral at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church Thursday morning, then transported to the George Bush Presidential Library & Museum in College Station for burial. Bush’s late wife, Barbara, and daughter Robin are also buried there.
President Trump, who was not invited to Sen. John McCain’s funeral earlier in the year, will attend Bush’s funeral Wednesday at the National Cathedral along with Melania.
He also declared Wednesday a day of mourning for Bush, who previously called Trump a “blowhard.”
“President Bush always found a way to set the bar higher,” the Trumps said in a statement.
“With sound judgement, common sense, and unflappable leadership, President Bush guided our Nation, and the world, to a peaceful and victorious conclusion of the Cold War. As President, he set the stage for the decades of prosperity that have followed. And through all that he accomplished, he remained humble, following the quiet call to service that gave him a clear sense of direction.”
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