WASHINGTON (CIRCA via WJLA) – President Donald Trump has designated December 5 as a National Day of Mourning after the death of former President George H.W. Bush.
Trump has issued an Executive Order shutting down the Federal Government on that day.
On Saturday afternoon, Congressional leaders also announced Bush will lie in state in the Capitol Rotunda from Monday evening through Wednesday morning.
The White House released the following statement:
“The President and First Lady were notified late last night of President George H.W. Bush’s passing. President Trump is scheduled to speak with President George W. Bush this morning and offer his condolences on behalf of himself, the First Lady, and the entire country. A state funeral is being arranged with all of the accompanying support and honors. The President will designate Wednesday, December 5th as a National Day Of Mourning. He and the First Lady will attend the funeral at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.”
Additionally, Trump announced that he has cancelled his summit news conference in Argentina "out of respect for the Bush Family."
....However, out of respect for the Bush Family and former President George H.W. Bush we will wait until after the funeral to have a press conference.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 1, 2018