President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump were among the mourners paying their respects to the late President George H.W. Bush as he lay in state in the Capitol rotunda.

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump leave the Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol after paying their respects to former President George H. W. Bush, Monday, Dec. 3, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump leave the Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol after paying their respects to former President George H. W. Bush, Monday, Dec. 3, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
The flag-draped casket of former President George H.W. Bush lies in state in the Capitol Rotunda in Washington, Monday, Dec. 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais/Pool)
The flag-draped casket of former President George H.W. Bush lies in state in the Capitol Rotunda in Washington, Monday, Dec. 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais/Pool)
Former President George W. Bush is embraced by Democratic House Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., during the arrival of the casket of former President George H.W. Bush into the Capitol in Washington, Monday, Dec. 3, 2018. (Jonathan Ernst/Pool Photo via AP)
Former President George W. Bush is embraced by Democratic House Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., during the arrival of the casket of former President George H.W. Bush into the Capitol in Washington, Monday, Dec. 3, 2018. (Jonathan Ernst/Pool Photo via AP)

The Trumps stood in front of Bush’s casket with their eyes closed for a few moments Monday evening before Trump gave a salute. The former president will lie in state until services Wednesday at Washington National Cathedral.

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump pay their respects to former President George H. W. Bush, as he lies in state in the Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol, Monday, Dec. 3, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump pay their respects to former President George H. W. Bush, as he lies in state in the Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol, Monday, Dec. 3, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
Members of the Bush family walks past as former President George H. W. Bush lies in state in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda Monday, Dec. 3, 2018, in Washington. (Pool photo by Morry Gash via AP)
Members of the Bush family walks past as former President George H. W. Bush lies in state in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda Monday, Dec. 3, 2018, in Washington. (Pool photo by Morry Gash via AP)
Former President George W. Bush, Laura Bush, left, and other family members watch as the flag-draped casket of former President George H.W. Bush is carried by a joint services military honor guard to lie in state in the rotunda of the U.S. Capitol, Monday, Dec. 3, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, Pool)
Former President George W. Bush, Laura Bush, left, and other family members watch as the flag-draped casket of former President George H.W. Bush is carried by a joint services military honor guard to lie in state in the rotunda of the U.S. Capitol, Monday, Dec. 3, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, Pool)
Family members and others watch as the flag-draped of former President George H.W. Bush is carried by a joint services military honor guard to lie in state in the rotunda of the U.S. Capitol, Monday, Dec. 3, 2018, in Washington. (Doug Mills/The New York Times via AP, Pool)
Family members and others watch as the flag-draped of former President George H.W. Bush is carried by a joint services military honor guard to lie in state in the rotunda of the U.S. Capitol, Monday, Dec. 3, 2018, in Washington. (Doug Mills/The New York Times via AP, Pool)

The casket arrived Monday afternoon from Houston, where Bush died Friday at age 94. In remarks at the Capitol, House Speaker Paul Ryan praised the two-term congressman from Texas as a “great man” and a “gentle soul.”

The casket carrying the remains of George H.W. Bush has arrived at the U.S. Capitol for the nation to begin its formal farewell to the 41st president. The president's remains will lie in state in the Capitol Rotunda until Wednesday morning. (Dec. 3)
The casket carrying the remains of George H.W. Bush has arrived at the U.S. Capitol for the nation to begin its formal farewell to the 41st president. The president’s remains will lie in state in the Capitol Rotunda until Wednesday morning. (Dec. 3)
Military plane, carrying casket of former President George HW Bush, arrives at Andrews Air Force Base outside Washington, DC. (Dec. 3)
Military plane, carrying casket of former President George HW Bush, arrives at Andrews Air Force Base outside Washington, DC. (Dec. 3)
A hearse carrying the casket of former President George H.W. Bush has left a Houston funeral home bound for Air Force One at Houston's Ellington Field. (Dec. 3)
A hearse carrying the casket of former President George H.W. Bush has left a Houston funeral home bound for Air Force One at Houston’s Ellington Field. (Dec. 3)
Remembering the 41st U.S. President: Associated Press interviews the political odd-couple ex-presidents George HW Bush & Bill Clinton about their long-standing close relationship. (Dec. 3)
Remembering the 41st U.S. President: Associated Press interviews the political odd-couple ex-presidents George HW Bush & Bill Clinton about their long-standing close relationship. (Dec. 3)

Bush chose not to have a formal funeral procession through downtown Washington. Burial at his presidential library at Texas A&M University is set for Thursday.

Source: The Associated Press

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