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News or Noise: Was President Trump asked to skip Barbara Bush's funeral

April 26, 2018 12:26 AM

With the recent death of former First Lady Barbara Bush, many are wondering why President Donald Trump did not attend the service.

Rumors are circulating online that he was *ordered* to stay away from the funeral.

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One picture was tweeted out by Jim McGrath, a spokesperson for former President George H.W. Bush.  According to Time Magazine, the goal of this picture was to show both Democrats and Republicans getting past their differences to celebrate the life of former First Lady Barbara Bush.

The missing president soon became the focus of this photo. 

The Bush family and President Trump have had their differences. In an interview, Barbara Bush referred to President Trump as a comedian and a showman.

However on April 21, President Trump did tweet "Today, my thoughts and prayers are with the entire Bush family. In memory of First Lady Barbara Bush, there is a remembrance display located at her portrait in the Center Hall of the @WhiteHouse." 

So why didn't the president attend the service? 

It's not common for those in the White House to attend funeral services for former First Ladies. President Obama didn't attend the funerals of Nancy Reagan or Betty Ford, and President George W. Bush didn't attend the funeral service for Lady Bird Johnson. 

It has not been verified whether the president was banned from the funeral service. However, The White House did release a statement saying President Trump would not attend to avoid creating a disruption from added security.

When it comes to news or noise, this story is unproven. 

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