Former presidential candidate Jeb Bush praised President Donald Trump on Tuesday for being gracious after the tragic death President George H.W. Bush.
While speaking at a Wall Street Journal event in Washington, D.C., the former Florida governor said Trump called him after his father passed away over the weekend and that he “couldn’t have been nicer.”
Bush also praised First Lady Melania Trump for greeting his granddaughters and other members of the Bush family on Tuesday night.
He said the first lady gave the family a tour of the White House so that they could see all of the Christmas decorations.
Bush went on to say that the Trumps were “really gracious” to the family and spoke kindly about Bush Sr.
The former governor also downplayed rumors about why Trump was not delivering the eulogy for his father.
He joked to the audience that his older brother, former President George W. Bush, had already called “first dibs.”
“What people want to talk about is, well, why isn’t the president giving the eulogy?’” he said. “It’s because we have a unique circumstance here: my brother was president.”
Bush went on to speak about his father, saying that he was “the most generous, kind person you’d ever meet,” and that he hope’s his father’s “kindler, gentler” approach would prevail over combative politics ruminating in D.C.
“Politically, it’s not winning,” he said. “But that’s not to say we shouldn’t restore it.”
Bush also said he has felt a ton of support from his father’s many friends and that it meant a lot to him.
“My dad will be surrounded by friends inside the National Cathedral and many that couldn’t get in. The guy has built a network that is pretty amazing,” Bush said. “People want to share their love for him, and it’s just a great time to be his son.”
“This is a time to celebrate George H.W. Bush, not to grieve his loss, and that’s what we’re doing as a family right now,” he emphasized.
During the funeral on Wednesday for Bush Sr. in Washington, D.C., several former presidents and lawmakers attended the service.
However, there was a little drama when the Clintons refused to shake hands or even acknowledge the Trumps when they sat down just a few feet away.
When the Trumps were being escorted into the service, they acknowledged and shook hands with former President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, whom they were sitting by.
The Clintons were sitting on the other side of the Obamas and they did not shake hands or acknowledge the Trumps.
As Trump sits down the Clintons don’t even make eye contact. Yikes https://t.co/gKvMnaq1Ex
— Kassy Dillon (@KassyDillon) December 5, 2018
Below is a video of the Trumps shaking hands and being cordial with the Obamas.
Trump next to the Obamas and Clintons pic.twitter.com/nqyepXWF8q
— Zach Wolf (@zbyronwolf) December 5, 2018
The Clintons are apparently still very upset about the outcome of the 2016 presidential election.