Trump Salutes H.W. Bush Casket As Melania Covers Heart

Saagar Enjeti | White House Correspondent

President Donald Trump paid his respects to former President George H.W. Bush in the U.S. Capitol rotunda late Monday evening, accompanied by his wife First Lady Melania Trump.

U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump pay their respects as former U.S. President George H.W. Bush lies in state in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda December 03, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Trump and Melania entered the Capitol rotunda for approximately 2 minutes Wednesday, circling the casket of the former president and staying silent for one minute. Trump saluted Bush’s casket as commander-in-chief while his wife covered her heart with her hand, observing the proper flag protocol for a civilian.

U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump arrive to pay their respects to former U.S. President George H.W. Bush as he lies in state at the U.S Capitol on December 03, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski – Pool/Getty Images)

H.W. Bush’s casket will lie in state within the Capitol Rotunda until Wednesday atop the same platform used as far back as the funeral of former President Abraham Lincoln. Bush’s casket was placed within the Capitol Monday afternoon in an extensive ceremony featuring speeches from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, House Speaker Paul Ryan, and Vice President Mike Pence.  (RELATED: Here’s A Look Back At George H.W. Bush’s Life In Pictures)

U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump arrive to pay their respects to former U.S. President George H.W. Bush as he lies in state at the U.S Capitol on December 03, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski – Pool/Getty Images)

Bush’s children sat around the casket during the ceremony, including former President George W. Bush and Governor Jeb Bush.

The family of former U.S. President George H.W. Bush stand as his flag-draped casket is carried into the U.S. Capitol Rotunda during an arrival ceremony December 03, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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