Trump plane to collect Bush casket for days-long homage

Trump plane to collect Bush casket for days-long homage

The remains will then be transported by train for interment at the George Bush Presidential Library in College Station, Texas.

Detail of George H.W. Bush's colorful socks at the Harvard University 363rd Commencement Exercises Ceremony in Cambridge, Mass., May 29, 2014.

He will be interred next to his wife, Barbara, who died in April, and his daughter, Pauline Robinson Bush, who died in 1953 at age 3.

But each time he was hospitalised, each time loved ones thought that time might be the last, Bush rallied and was released, free to return to his home in Houston or the family compound in Kennebunkport, Maine.

Bush had been in and out of the hospital in recent years, primarily due to the Parkinson's disease that Baker said hampered his body's ability to get rid of phlegm, often causing pneumonia.

On Dec. 5 at 10 a.m., a departure ceremony will begin, after which Bush's remains will be transported to the Cathedral Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul in Washington, also known as the Washington National Cathedral, where a funeral service will be held for invited guests at 11 a.m.

Speaking to reporters on Air Force One as he left Argentina, Trump said he would "consider and probably get" a two-week government funding extension, to allow for ceremonies for Bush.

"And I expressed deepest sympathies", he said, adding: "He was a very fine man". "So, we look forward to doing that, and he certainly deserves it".

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Former president George W. Bush, the eldest of the four Bush sons, and his wife Laura, along with brother Neil Bush and his family, will accompany their father's body to Joint Base Andrews outside Washington, said family spokesperson Jim McGrath.

The 41st USA president's body is scheduled to lie in state there from Monday to Wednesday. Dozens of foreign leaders and United States luminaries are expected. He will be honoured during several public and private events in Houston and Washington before his burial on Thursday in Texas.

Members of the family, including children and grandchildren, will be taking part in each service.

Amidst tributes to Bush, leaders in Washington praised him in public statements.

His love of socks also led to some forged connections, including one with an entrepreneur with Down syndrome who started his own sock company.

Mr Jimmy Carter, now the oldest surviving former USA president, said Mr Bush's administration "was marked by grace, civility and social conscience".

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"He never forgot who he was", Powell, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff during Bush's presidency, told ABC's "This Week" on Sunday.

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