Trump snubs Clintons in awkward arrival at George HW Bush's funeral

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Former US President George HW Bush will be mourned on Thursday (Dec 7) at the Houston church where he worshipped for many years, a final public farewell before his remains are taken by train to their resting place at his Texas presidential library.

The passing of Bush, only the second president to see his son follow him to the Oval Office, has led Americans to reflect on his life of duty and service to country as a leader of the so-called "Greatest Generation".

Former President George W. Bush speaks at the State Funeral for his father, former President George H.W. Bush, at the National Cathedral, Dec. 5, 2018, in Washington.

The crowd at the funeral service - and thousands online - were visibly emotional by Bush's last conversation with his dad. The Oak Ridge Boys recalled performing for him for decades and joked that Bush "fancied himself to be a good bass singer".

Obama and Bush's friendship has become a model of bipartisan bonhomie since former President Barack Obama was in office.

"He was born with just two settings - full throttle, then sleep", Bush said.

Bush died last week at the age of 94.

The cathedral's bourdon bell will ring 41 times - Bush was the 41st president - as the cortege moves from the United States Capitol to the Cathedral.

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None of that would be a surprise to Bush. "And it was put out by a Republican, wasn't it?" John McCain. Bush, seated next to Obama in the front row, handed something to her.

"You're petty and small", Cuomo said. The three countries have agreed on a revised trade agreement pushed by Trump.

"We remember your service". However, there were not greetings exchanged between the Trumps and the Clintons, or the Carters.

The cathedral service was a tribute to the patriarch of one of the nation's most-powerful political families - it occupied the White House for a dozen years -and to a faded political era that prized military service and public responsibility.

On Tuesday, while speaking before the WSJ CEO Council, Jeb Bush, the former Florida governor, thanked both Donald and Melania Trump for their graciousness throughout this process, adding that President Trump "couldn't have been nicer" when he called to pay his respects.

Bill Clinton and Mrs. Obama smiled and chatted as music played. Obama cracked up laughing at someone's quip.

Since Bush's death, Trump has traded his usual provocative posture for one of respect and solemnity, tweeting before heading to the cathedral about "a day of celebration for a great man".

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