Trump, Obama, Clinton and Carter, all in a row at Bush funeral

Dylan Stableford
Senior Editor

In a remarkable scene inside the Washington National Cathedral on Wednesday, President Trump joined all four living former presidents at the state funeral for former President George H.W. Bush.

Trump, accompanied by first lady Melania Trump, shook hands with former President Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama before taking a seat on the aisle in the first row along with former President Bill Clinton, former first lady and ex-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former President Jimmy Carter and former first lady Rosalynn Carter.

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Trump did not extend a hand to the Clintons, who were seated next the Obamas, though Melania Trump shook hands with Bill Clinton as Trump gave his coat to their military escort.

President Trump and first lady Melania Trump greet former President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama as they join other former presidents and vice presidents and their spouses for the state funeral for former President George H.W. Bush at the Washington National Cathedral on Wednesday. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

It was the first time since his inauguration that Trump encountered the Obamas and Clintons — who have been highly critical of his presidency — in person.

George H.W. Bush, who voted for Hilary Clinton over Trump in the 2016 president election, didn’t attend Trump’s inauguration.

The president did not attend the funeral of former first lady Barbara Bush in April, although first lady Melania Trump did, and was photographed in a group with both former presidents Bush, the Obamas and the Clintons, raising some eyebrows when she warmly greeted Barack and Michelle Obama.

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This photo provided by the office of former President George H.W. Bush shows Bush, center, with past presidents and first ladies at the funeral service for former first lady Barbara Bush in Houston on April 21, 2018.. From left: Laura Bush, former President George W. Bush, former President Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, former President Barack Obama, Michelle Obama and first lady Melania Trump. (Photo: Paul Morse/Courtesy of Office of George H.W. Bush via AP)

Trump was not invited to the funeral in September of Sen. John McCain, who he repeatedly criticized for voting against his health care plan to replace Obamacare. George W. Bush and Barack Obama both delivered eulogies at McCain’s funeral, and Bush jokingly gave Michelle Obama a mint during the service — a gag he repeated upon arriving at the Washington National Cathedral Wednesday.

In her recently published memoir, Michelle Obama wrote that she will “never forgive” Trump for pushing the so-called birther conspiracy, which she believes put her family’s safety at risk.

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