In the aftermath of former President George H.W. Bush’s death, both President Donald Trump and his wife publicly extended their condolences to the family.
Trump also directly called Jeb Bush, his former competitor and one of his fiercest critics during the 2016 presidential campaign.
Bush, in recalling their discussion, said Trump “couldn’t have been nicer,” The Wall Street Journal reported. He also said that Trump and wife Melania have been “really gracious.”
According to Bush, he received nearly 2,000 emails about his father — all of which he planned on responding to.
“My dad would ask me to do that,” he said. Bush also pushed back on media surrounding his brother George’s relationship with his father, saying “they had a deep relationship.”
On Wednesday, former George W. Bush gave a heartfelt eulogy for his father during his funeral service.
Towards the end of his eulogy, he fought back tears as he described his father as the “best” a “son or daughter could have.”
He concluded by saying, “In our grief, let us smile knowing that Dad is hugging Robin and holding mom’s hand again.”
Robin was the Bush’s young daughter who tragically died at just three years of age.
President Donald Trump and the first lady also attended the former president’s funeral. Trump, however, did not deliver a eulogy, but Jeb Bush made it clear the omission was not a slight — his brother just had “dibs.”
“What people want to talk about is, ‘Well, why isn’t the president giving the eulogy?’ It’s because we have a unique circumstance here. My brother was president,” he said. “I’m sorry. First dibs.”