Dole helped out of wheelchair to salute Bush

Trump also did not attend the funeral in August of another Republican giant, former senator John McCain.

Prince Charles spent time with George H.W. Bush on a number of occasions, spanning from before Bush's presidency up until the mid-2000s.

Today, political powerhouses and dignitaries from around the world are gathering to pay tribute to former President George H.W. Bush at one of two funeral services held at the the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. On Tuesday, Clarence House revealed on Twitter that Prince Charles would attend the state funeral to pay respects on behalf of the Queen.

"Here lies a great man", said Rep. Paul Ryan, the House speaker, and "a gentle soul". Delivering a eulogy will be James Baker, Bush's former secretary of state and longtime confidant. The question that needs to be asked is: Was Bush, Sr. smart to leave Saddam in Iraq and scale back US presence in the region?

Trump also said he will visit the Bush family on Tuesday at the Blair House, near the White House.

"He was so qualified, and I think he was just a decent man", said Sharon Terry, touring Washington with friends from an Indianapolis garden club.

Pelosi and Chuck Schumer, the Senate Democratic leader, placed wreaths in the short ceremony before the rotunda was opened to the public. President from 1989 to 1993, Bush died Friday at 94.

The service began at St. Martin's Episcopal Church, where Bush worshipped for more than 50 years, with more than 1,000 attendees singing "America the lovely".

The train is a Union Pacific Corp locomotive, numbered 4141 and bearing the name "George Bush 41" on the side that has been in service since 2005.

5 a National Day of Mourning in honor of the 41st president, with federal government agencies closing on that day.

As a refresher, the events that defined George H.W. Bush's administration were (1) the fall of the Berlin Wall, which served as a preamble for the soft fall of the USSR, and (2) the first Gulf War. He also presided over the end of the Cold War between the United States and the former Soviet Union.

Bush's passing puts him in the Washington spotlight after more than two decades living the relatively low-key life of a former president.

In a recent essay, Clinton declared of Bush: "I just loved him".

Vanessa Coleman

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