Trump and Melania paid respects to George HW Bush

US President Donald Trump and his wife Melania have paid their respects to President George HW Bush as he lies in state at the US Capitol.

Mr Trump made a brief visit to the rotunda, where the public can visit the coffin until the funeral on Wednesday, reports BBC.

Mr Trump has in the past clashed with the Bush family but will attend the funeral service.

Mr Bush, who died on Friday aged 94, will later be buried at his Texas home alongside his wife, Barbara.

His coffin had earlier left Texas to a 21-gun salute and was carried to Washington on board Air Force One – temporarily renamed Special Air Mission 41 in homage to the late president.

Mr Bush, who served as the 41st US president between 1989 and 1993, had been receiving treatment for a form of Parkinson’s disease and had been admitted to hospital with a blood infection in April.

The public will be able to pay respects at the rotunda until Wednesday’s invitation-only funeral service at the National Cathedral.

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Chief Justice William Rehnquist administering the oath of office to President Bush during Inaugural ceremonies at the United States Capitol, January 20, 1989

Mr Trump will attend with Melania but will not deliver a speech. According to Mark Updegrove’s book The Last Republicans, which came out last year, Mr Bush voted for Mr Trump’s opponent Hillary Clinton in the election and had called Mr Trump a “blowhard”.

His son, former President George W Bush, worried he would be the “last Republican president”, despite Mr Trump running on the party’s ticket, the book said.

A service was held in the rotunda after Mr Bush’s coffin arrived on Monday afternoon, with members of the military serving as pallbearers. George Bush Jr was in attendance and was clearly moved by the events.

In a eulogy, House Speaker Paul Ryan said: “Here lies a great man”, adding that “no-one better harmonised the joy of life and the duty of life”.

Mr Ryan said Mr Bush was a “great leader and a good man, a gentle soul of firm resolve”.

Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell said: “Through the Cold War and the Soviet Union’s collapse, he kept us on course. When the rule of law needed defending in the Persian Gulf, he kept us on course.”

Vice-President Mike Pence said there was a “kindness about the man that was evident to everyone who met him”.

George HW Bush was a decorated fighter pilot in World War Two, a head of the CIA and vice-president to Ronald Reagan before being elected president in 1988.

Also making the final journey with President Bush was his loyal labrador service dog, Sully.

Mr Bush’s spokesman, Jim McGrath, tweeted a picture of Sully with the casket, with the caption: “Mission complete.”

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