President Donald Trump is not going to attend Barbara Bush‘s funeral and will send his wife, Melania Trump, instead “to avoid disruptions due to added security, and out of respect for the Bush family and friends attending the service,” in a statement released by the White House and obtained by the Associated Press on Thursday.
Melania’s communications director, Stephanie Grisham, confirmed to PEOPLE recently that the first lady “will be attending the funeral to pay her respects.”
The late Bush matriarch also made her distaste and dismay for Trump’s treatment of women known in an interview.
“I mean, unbelievable. I don’t know how women can vote for someone who said what he said about Megyn Kelly,” the former first lady told CBS News in 2016. “Terrible. And we knew what he meant too. Don’t you get in his firing line.”
“And money doesn’t buy everything,” she added. “It’s accomplishments, it’s what you’re doing and giving. It’s incomprehensible to me.”
In October, her son, former president George W. Bush criticized the current administration without ever mentioning Trump by name, allegedly saying his inauguration “was some weird s—,” according to New York Magazine.
“Our young people need positive role models,” Bush said at the time. “Bullying and prejudice in our public life set a national tone, provides permission for cruelty and bigotry and compromises the moral education of children.”