Donald Trump slammed for leaving George HW Bush’s funeral before the coffin … and for not reciting The Apostles' Creed

Donald Trump slammed for leaving George HW Bush’s funeral before the coffin … and for not reciting The Apostles' Creed

The controversial US President has also been criticised for refusing to recite The Apostles' Creed – one of Christianity's core statements – during the ceremony.

According to reports, Trump and Melania left immediately following the proceedings inside the building, allowing them to avoid speaking with the Clintons and Obamas.

Photos also show Trump and Melania looking stone-faced and silent while the Clintons and Obamas next to them sing from the hymn sheet.

Political writer Keith Boykin wrote: "This is your 'Christian' evangelical president"

And John Ziegler sarcastically said: "It’s SO weird that Barack Obama (the “Muslim”) knew all the words to the Apostles’ Creed, and Donald Trump (the Evangelical hero) didn’t know any of them, and didn’t even bother to read them."

A third person wrote: "Striking that all the former Presidents and First Ladies recited the Apostles Creed, but Trump and Melania stood silently and did not.

"The creeds are at the heart of historic orthodox Christianity."

Bush Snr's casket arrived at St. Martin's Episcopal Church in Texas last night in a flag-draped coffin arrived as a military band played.

His body was flown by Air Force One to Houston state funeral service at the Washington National Cathedral in Washington, DC.

His son, George W Bush, his wife Laura and other family members watched as the casket was transferred to the hearse.

It was then driven 45 minutes to the church where Bush worshipped for more than 50 years. Later today, 1,200 mourners will say their final goodbyes.

Earlier, George Jnr wept as he laid a hand on his father's coffin in front of Donald Trump, Barack Obama, and Bill Clinton.

The former presidents sat in the front row as world leaders and American political elite packed the Washington National Cathedral for the state funeral of  – the 41st president of the Unites States.

In a eulogy for his father he said: "To us, his was the brightest of a thousand points of light. He knew that failure is part of living a full life – but he taught us to not be defined by failure".

The former president also told how he had sneaked vodka into his father's hospital room.

Trump, who did not speak at the service, ordered the federal government closed on Wednesday for a national day of mourning.

George HW Bush died at the age of 94 just after 10pm on Friday 30 November at his home in Houston, Texas.

He died around eight months after his wife, Barbara passed away.

The US President came face to face with Barack Obama for the first time since his inauguration and Trump received a frosty reception from his longstanding political opponents.

Trump and the Obamas briefly shook hands, while Hillary – who Trump has demanded is jailed over a historic email breach – refused to glance in his direction.

George H.W. Bush was the 41st president and son of a senator, celebrated WWII combat pilot, spy chief and Republican congressman.

He was known for having a strong foreign policy vision as well as being admired for his spirit and character.

The former president would also celebrate birthday milestones by jumping from aeroplanes.

After his Parkinson's disease diagnosis, he took a step out of the limelight, but would often be seen wearing colourful striped socks.

George handed Michelle Obama a mint during the service, which seemed to be a longstanding running joke between the pair who had shared sweets previously.

She and Barack Obama laughed as the former president leaned over just to deliver the boiled sweet.

They had first shared the exchange at John McCain's memorial service earlier this year.

Despite this, political feuds had already been agreed to be set aside, with George P. Bush revealing his late grandfather would have wanted Americans of all political views to unite.

Speaking to CNN, Bush said: "Whether it's him or his staff, I know, and my grandmother, they all wanted all current occupants to be a part of this process."

"We can put politics aside and focus on the greatness of our country and devotion to causes greater than ourselves.

"There's a time for politics and there's a time for governing. It's important for the country to take this time and reflect on the commonalities that we have rather than the differences."

Prince Charles and former Prime Minister John Major represented Britain at the service held at Washington's National Cathedral.

A military band played Hail to the Chief as the casket was carried down the US Capitol steps as part of a solemn procession.

Trump, who skipped an earlier service at the Capitol, didn't speak but wasn't targeted during the funeral after cutting a "deal with the Bush family".

As the current President, Trump also has the final say over important funeral details including providing Air Force One to carry the former president’s remains.

He tweeted earlier today: "Looking forward to being with the Bush family.

"This is not a funeral, this is a day of celebration for a great man who has led a long and distinguished life. He will be missed!"

Despite the vast number of people attending, Bush Sr once worried that his funeral would be a non-event when he was planning it in 2011, his spokesman has revealed.

Jim McGrath tweeted: "Briefed in 2011 about his funeral and lying in state, the 41st President asked with typical humility, "Do you think anyone will come?'''

He will be buried in the grounds of the Texas A&M University, by the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library Centre.

The elder Bush saw his popularity swell with the US' success in the Gulf War in 1991 but the Republican was defeated in his bid for a second term by Democrat Bill Clinton.

He had also been a World War II hero, Texas congressman, UN Ambassador, CIA director and Ronald Reagan's vice president.

His remains had lied in state in Washington DC for the past three days for mourning where he wore wear special socks before being buried.

Billy Bush blasted for visiting the remains of George H.W. Bush in trainers

Disgraced NBC anchor Billy Bush turned up to mourn the death of his war veteran uncle and former President George H.W Bush – in a pair of white trainers.

Dressed casually and without a tie, Bush appeared to hold back tears and watched on with other family members as the presidents' coffin was draped in the stars and stripes.

The public watched on as the family stood in silence for a few moments under the Capitol Dome before departing.

Bush hit the headlines during the 2016 presidential campaign when a tape surfaced of an interview with Donald Trump. During the audio, the president could be heard making lewd comments on how he treated women.

Trump said: 'You can do anything… grab them by the p*****.'

Bush can be heard laughing on the tape and also joined Trump in a discussion about the appearance of actress Arianne Zucker, who they were both about to do an interview with.

Then a senior anchor on NBC’s ‘Today Show’, Bush was fired following the incident and has largely remained out of the public eye since.

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