Washington pays respects to Bush as he lies in state at Capitol


George H.W. Bush's service dog, Sully, is honored: 'Mission complete'

CNN repeatedly attacked President Donald Trump on Monday for putting politics aside and paying respects to former President George H.W. Bush in a segment that exemplified the network's willingness to criticize the president for ratings and not for his actions. He arrived in the Capitol rotunda in a wheelchair pushed by an aide.

According to a tweet by the 41st president's spokesperson, Jim McGrath, Bush "will be carried to his final rest wearing socks that pay tribute to his lifetime of service, starting as an 18-year-old naval aviator in war".

Bush died on Friday at age 94.

Meanwhile, Bush's daughter-in-law, former first lady Laura Bush, got a tour of the White House Christmas decorations from first lady Melania Trump.

A highly trained service dog, Sully will now go back into service to help other veterans and is going to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, former President George W. Bush wrote in an Instagram post.

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"Resolute through war, President Bush was magnanimous in peace", Mr. Trump said.

Both the House and Senate shut down most business on Monday, with lawmakers quickly passing resolutions to allow Mr. Bush to lie in state in the Rotunda, and to use the catafalque, or funeral bier, that was first constructed to hold President Abraham Lincoln's casket in 1865. He will lie in state until Wednesday morning after which his body will be taken to the National Cathedral for a state funeral.

Trump had a complicated relationship with the late president. His eldest son, former President George W. Bush, and others from the family traveled on the flight from Houston.

"After Mrs. Bush's death, general companionship was a big part of Sully's job", John Miller, president and CEO of America's VetDogs, said in a phone interview.

After services in Washington, there will be another funeral in Houston on Thursday, followed by burial at the Bush Presidential Library in College Station, Texas. Flags on public buildings are flying at half-staff for 30 days.

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