Solemn public pays tribute as Bush lies in state in Rotunda

George HW Bush Remembered Locally

They stood in front of the casket with their eyes closed for a few moments, before Trump saluted the casket.

"I think if there is anybody that is supposed to have bipartisanship and rising above politics of today, that would be my grandfather", Bush, the son of 2016 presidential candidate and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, told CNN's "New Day."

The CIA also honored Bush, the only spy chief to become president, as three agency directors past and present joined the public in the viewing.

"He kept us flying high and challenged us to fly higher still, and he did it with modesty and kindness that would've been surprising in someone one-tenth as tough and accomplished as he was", McConnell said.

After services in Washington, Bush will be returned to Houston to lie in repose at St. Martin's Episcopal Church before burial Thursday at his family plot on the library grounds.

Last week, Bush died at the age of 94, leaving behind his beloved yellow labrador. His passing prompted an outpouring of praise from Republicans and Democrats for his kindness and dedication to public service.

"We'll be spending three days of mourning and three days of celebrating a really great man's life", Trump said in Argentina where he was attending the G20 summit. Taking to his Twitter handle on Monday, Trump said, "Looking forward to being with the Bush Family to pay my respects to President George H.W. Bush".

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Pelosi and Chuck Schumer, the Senate Democratic leader, placed wreaths in the short ceremony before the rotunda was opened to the public.

Q. Will there be mail delivery on the National Day of Mourning on Wednesday?

"And I would want to encourage moms to look at what good leaders are and to never lose hope that they can't raise their children with good morals and integrity".

Trump will attend the ceremony on Wednesday morning in Washington's National Cathedral along with First Lady Melania.

At the Rotunda, Bob Dole, 95, who was defeated by Bush in the fight for the 1988 Republican presidential nomination, was helped out of his wheelchair, stood up and saluted toward the casket. US traders also observed a moment of silence before markets opened on Monday in honor of Bush.

The New York Stock Exchange will suspend normal trading and the Nasdaq will also close for the day. U.S. bond and options markets were also due to be closed, with energy and foreign exchange markets expected to remain open.

The two-year-old Sully has been at Bush's side since June, just weeks after the death of the president's wife Barbara, to whom he was married for 73 years.

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