Awkward greeting between Trumps, Obamas, Clintons at Bush’s funeral

President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump greet former President Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama with cordial handshakes.
President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump greet former President Barack Obama and Michelle with cordial handshakes at George H.W. Bush's funeral.

The funeral for former president George H.W. Bush got off to a bit of an awkward start.

President Trump and his wife, Melania, arrived for the former president’s funeral services in Washington, D.C., shortly before 11 a.m. — but the greeting between the first couple and the Obamas and Clintons seemed a bit, well, fraught.

As the Trumps arrived, sliding into the aisle seats in the front row, Melania Trump was seen shaking hands with former president Barack Obama, as well as his wife, Michelle. Melania Trump then shook Bill Clinton’s hand before waving to Hillary Clinton and former president Jimmy Carter, who were sitting on the other side of the Obamas. Hillary Clinton could be seen giving a terse nod in response.


President Trump, however, only shook hands with Barack and Michelle Obama before taking the aisle seat, with his wife sitting next to Barack Obama, and did not greet any of the other former presidents. (Hillary Clinton, for her part, did not even spare Trump a glance.)

Everyone in the row could then be seen sitting quietly, staring soberly ahead and not looking at each other.

Barack and Michelle Obama have been openly critical of Trump recently. Trump defeated Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election, and she hasn’t held back in her criticism of him after he won.

Trump, of course, has said negative things about the former Democratic presidents — and his 2016 general election rival — during his campaign and during his time as president.

George H.W. Bush died in Houston on Friday. He was 94 years old.