The passing of President George H.W. Bush gave the country a rare, momentary reprieve from discussing Donald Trump.
However, Trump was less than pleased to see the limelight swing from himself to one of his far more accomplished predecessors, even if it’s just for a few days.
The New York Times reports that the president has been “snappish” with those in his inner circle this week, at least partially because he’s jealous that all the coverage around the late Bush and the ceremonial events dedicated to his memory have nothing to do with Trump.
Trump’s petulance over having to focus on someone other than himself for once could perhaps explain the strange moment during Bush’s funeral yesterday when both Donald and Melania Trump refused to join in with the other First Couples to say the Apostles’ Creed. It was interpreted by some as a deliberate show of disrespect on the part of the Trumps.
This is your "Christian" evangelical president. pic.twitter.com/u0478FoSyR
— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) December 5, 2018
Administration officials also told The New York Times that Trump was “impatient” during the memorial services but later said that he was proud that he managed to remain “civil” even while sitting in a row filled with his most prominent political enemies.