Late former president Bush flown back to United States capital for final salute

President Trump leaves in the presidential parade limousine after meeting at the Blair House with former President George W. Bush and his wife Laura

The Supreme Court also issued a statement saying Chief Justice John Roberts ordered the building closed for the day of mourning.

Ferried by motorcade to the Capitol along streets bathed in the auburn afternoon sun, the president ended his journey along Constitution Avenue, adorned with US and D.C. flags flying from lamp posts. The coffin of late former U.S. President George H.W. Bush was flown to Washington D.C. on Monday as the nation is paying tribute to him and his legacy.

Meanwhile, Bush's daughter-in-law, former first lady Laura Bush, got a tour of the White House Christmas decorations from first lady Melania Trump.

Trump's relations with the Republican establishment have been rocky since his insurgent campaign took him to the party's nomination and then a shock election win in 2016.

Trump salutes Bush's casket, which is lying in state in the Capitol Rotunda until Wednesday.

Members of President Donald Trump's cabinet stop to pay their respect in front of the flag-draped casket of former President George H.W. Bush at the Capitol in Washington, Monday, Dec. 3, 2018. The others are Alan Simpson, the former senator and acerbic wit from Wyoming; Brian Mulroney, the former Canadian prime minister who also gave a eulogy for Ronald Reagan; and presidential historian Jon Meacham.

Friends and family will celebrate his life during a memorial service at the National Cathedral in Washington.

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The Bushes later made a surprise visit to the Capitol Rotunda, shaking hands with visitors and tourists lined up to honor the family patriarch.

Since then, people have wondered where Sully will go now that his mission with the Bush family is almost complete. Sully had been trained by America's VetDogs, a nonprofit that provides service dogs.

Trump had a complicated relationship with the late president.

Sully, a 2-year-old Labrador retriever, came into the 41st president's life following the death of former first lady Barbara Bush earlier this year.

After services in Washington, there will be another funeral in Houston on Thursday, followed by burial at the Bush Presidential Library in College Station, Texas.

The New York Stock Exchange, as well as the NASDAQ, also will close Wednesday after Trump called for Americans to remember the vast contributions of the 41st president, who died Friday at age 94.

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