Nation continues to honor President George H.W. Bush

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The flag-draped casket of former President George H.W. Bush is carried by a joint services military honor guard to Special Air Mission 41 at Ellington Field during a departure ceremony Monday, Dec. 3, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, Pool)

Here are the latest developments as the nation continues to mourn the passing of George Herbert Walker Bush, the 41st President of the United States:

1:30 p.m.

Former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole has saluted President George H.W. Bush at the casket of the late president.
Like Bush, Dole is a World War II veteran. He arrived in the Capitol rotunda in a wheelchair pushed by an aide. At the casket’s side, the aide lifted Dole, 95, into a standing position. Once steadied, Dole saluted.
Bush achieved the office that Dole sought in 1996 as the Republican presidential nominee.
Bush died on Friday at age 94.
12:35 p.m.
Former first lady Laura Bush has received a tour of the White House Christmas decorations by first lady Melania Trump.
A spokeswoman for Melania Trump says only that the visit happened. No other details about the private visit were released. President Donald Trump tweeted earlier Tuesday that Mrs. Bush would visit. Trump also said he’d visit the Bush family later Tuesday.
Laura Bush is in Washington for the state funeral of her father-in-law, former President George H.W. Bush.
Melania Trump unveiled the White House Christmas decor last week. She decorated a hallway in the East Wing with red Christmas Trees and tweaked the traditional gingerbread White House by adding replicas of the Lincoln and Washington monuments, the Jefferson Memorial and the U.S. Capitol, where Bush is lying in state.


10:40 a.m.
The CIA has saluted the late President George H.W. Bush, the only director of the spy agency to serve in the nation’s highest office.
CIA Director Gina Haspel and former directors John Brennan and George Tenet paid their respects as they visited Bush’s casket in the Capitol Rotunda during a day of public viewing. Bush died Friday at age 94.
Bush was the only former CIA director to become president. The agency’s headquarters in Langley, Virginia, was named for him in 1999.
Other officials who paid respects Tuesday include former Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Colin Powell. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump were among the mourners paying respects to the former president as he was lying in state on Monday.
9:40 a.m.
President Donald Trump says he’ll meet with the Bush family at his guesthouse.
Trump tweeted Tuesday: “Looking forward to being with the wonderful Bush family at Blair House today.”
Trump adds: “The former First Lady will be coming over to the White House this morning to be given a tour of the Christmas decorations by Melania. The elegance & precision of the last two days have been remarkable!”
The president and the first lady were among the mourners paying respects to former President George H.W. Bush as he was lying in state in the Capitol Rotunda on Monday. Bush died last week in Houston at age 94.
7:35 a.m.
Prince Charles plans to attend the funeral for former President George H.W. Bush.
The prince’s official residence, Clarence House, tweeted on Tuesday that he would attend the state funeral on Wednesday in Washington. He will be representing his mother, Queen Elizabeth II.
The prince is the heir to the British throne.
The queen released a statement honoring Bush over the weekend, calling the 41st president “a patriot, serving his country with honor and distinction in office and during the Second World War.”
President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump were among the mourners to pay their respects to Bush as he was lying in state in the Capitol Rotunda on Monday.
Bush died last week in Houston at age 94.

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