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Melania And Trump Visit Bush Family Ahead Of State Funeral

(Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Saagar Enjeti White House Correspondent

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump visited the family of deceased former President George H. W. Bush Tuesday afternoon.

Former first lady Laura Bush and former President George W. Bush greet President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump outside of Blair House December 04, 2018 in Washington, DC. The Trumps were paying a condolence visit to the Bush family who are in Washington for former President George H.W. Bush’s state funeral and related honors. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Trump tweeted earlier Tuesday that he would be making the visit, including to greet former President George W. Bush. Melania Trump also gave a private tour of her Christmas decorations at the White House to former first lady Laura Bush. (RELATED: Here’s A Look Back At George H.W. Bush’s Life In Pictures)

Former first lady Laura Bush and former President George W. Bush greet President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump outside of Blair House December 04, 2018 in Washington, DC. The Trumps were paying a condolence visit to the Bush family who are in Washington for former President George H.W. Bush’s state funeral and related honors. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

The Bush family is staying at the presidential guesthouse as H. W. Bush’s casket lies in state within the U.S. Capitol rotunda Tuesday as the public pays its respects.

WASHINGTON, DC – DECEMBER 04: (AFP OUT) Former first lady Laura Bush and former President George W. Bush greet President Donald Trump outside of Blair House December 04, 2018 in Washington, DC. The Trumps were paying a condolence visit to the Bush family who are in Washington for former President George H.W. Bush’s state funeral and related honors. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

The former president will receive a state funeral Wednesday at the National Cathedral. Afterward, his body will be flown back to Houston, Texas, on Air Force One.

He will then be loaded onto a train and make his way to College Station, Texas, where he will be laid to rest at the George H. W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum on the campus of Texas A&M University.

Trump and Melania visited the Capitol rotunda for approximately two minutes Monday evening. After approaching the casket of the former president in silence, Trump saluted him while his wife covered her heart, observing the proper flag protocol for a civilian.