And he cited the Americans with Disabilities Act, the acid-rain accord with Canada, and of course NAFTA, ushering in "the largest and richest free trade area in the history of the world".
Global dignitaries gathered with U.S. leaders Wednesday at the funeral service for George H.W. Bush, a graceful show of unity that allowed Americans to hit pause on the toxic rhetoric that has engulfed Washington and national politics. Few words were exchanged. The staffer was supposed to be Trump reaching out his hand to shake Lemon's hand. Obama, in turn, has campaigned for the Democrats and has attacked the state of the presidency in a pointed rebuke to Trump.
Former US President George H W Bush had been the oldest-surviving US President until his death on Friday at the age of 94. "Striking that all the former Presidents and First Ladies recited the Apostles Creed, but Trump and Melania stood silently and did not", he wrote, of Trump, who identifies as Presbyterian, a branch of Christianity. The Clintons looked directly ahead and did not acknowledge the Trumps.
Bush extolled his father, not only for his service as president but also as a role model as a loving husband, father and grandfather.
Trump has had a particularly acrimonious relationship with the Bush family, criticising George H.W. Bush and his sons.
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After the Washington service, Bush's casket will be flown back to Houston. In place of most Washington dignitaries were top Houston athletes including the NFL Texans' defensive end J.J. Watt - displaying Bush's love for sports - and Chuck Norris, who played TV's "Walker, Texas Ranger".
No such statement is expected that the Bush funeral, but it's likely that he will be eulogized as a leader unique for his devotion to public service.
"The thing is that they never treated George W. Bush this way or George H.W. Bush, either one of them, this way".
On Tuesday, soldiers, citizens in wheelchairs and long lines of others on foot wound through the Capitol Rotunda to view Bush's casket and honor a president whose legacy included World War military service and a landmark law affirming the rights of the disabled. Trump recently ran against Jeb Bush for the Republican nomination in 2016.
Country music's Oak Ridge Boys, among the president's favorites, sang "Amazing Grace" and Reba McEntire offered "The Lord's Prayer" as three days of official ceremonies in Washington gave way to more personal touches for the Bush in Texas.
McCain and Trump disagreed on many issues, most publicly on health care, and Trump didn't attend his state funeral in September.