UPDATE 1:39 p.m.: Melania Trump sat beside former President Barack Obama at the funeral of former first lady Barbara Bush. Also in the front row were former first ladies Michelle Obama and Hillary Clinton. Former president Bill Clinton was also in attendance.
According to an article in USA Today, it is customary for first ladies to attend the funerals of their predecessors, but presidents rarely do. President Barack Obama did not attend Nancy Reagan’s funeral in 2016, or Betty Ford’s in 2011.
The last sitting president to attend a first lady’s funeral was John F. Kennedy, who attended Eleanor Roosevelt’s funeral in 1962. (President Bill Clinton did not attend the funeral for Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis in New York, but did speak at a graveside service for her at Arlington National Cemetery in 1994.)
Melania Trump honored Barbara Bush’s devotion to White House staff by bringing as her guests two career staffers from the White House residence, former head maitre d’ George Hainey, and usher Buddy Carter.
Shortly after the funeral, Melania Trump posted these tweets.
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UPDATE 12:26 p.m.: The president left Trump International Golf Course after 3-1/2 hours and headed back to the “Southern White House” to watch the funeral of former first lady Barbara Bush.
Although the president has been criticized for not attending the funeral with his wife Melania, Trump is not the first president to miss a first lady’s funeral.
UPDATE 11:41 p.m.: In his criticism of a New York Times story that suggested his personal attorney Michael Cohen might cooperate with federal prosecutors, the president said reporters, including Pulitizer winner Maggie Haberman, relied on “non-existent “sources” and a drunk/drugged up loser who hates Michael…”
So, who is the “loser?”
Trump adviser Roger Stone, quoted in the Times article, told Palm Beach Post political reporter George Bennett that it is not him.
Former Trump aide Sam Nunberg, also quoted in the article, told CNN’s Abby Phillip: “I have no idea who POTUS is talking about so I have no response.”
UPDATE 11:03 a.m.: Media response to the president’s swipe at New York Times Pulitzer Prize winning reporter Maggie Haberman has been swift.
The Times tweeted that it stands by Haberman and other reporters who authored the story.
Haberman, herself, posted this reply moments after Trump’s tweet.
Here is more reaction from social media:
UPDATE 8:17 a.m.: Moments after arriving at Trump International Golf Course this morning the president lashed out at New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman for a story she co-authored on Friday indicating the Trump’s personal attorney, Michael Cohen, could end up cooperating with federal officials who are investigating him for activity that could relate, at least in part, to work he did for Trump.
Trump initially misspelled Haberman’s name in the tweets, then deleted and re-posted with the correct spelling.
Haberman is a White House correspondent for the times. She joined the paper in February 2015 as a campaign correspondent and was part of a team that won a Pulitzer Prize in 2018 for national reporting on Donald Trump team’s connections with Russia.
Although the president regularly criticizes the Times, calling it a “failing” paper, he returns her calls and gives her exclusives earning her the moniker “Trump Whisperer,” according to an October 2017 article in Vanity Fair about her relationship with the president.
“He wouldn’t talk to me as much as he does if I wasn’t at the Times,” the article quotes Haberman saying in a podcast . “That’s just the reality. He craves the paper’s approval.”
UPDATE 8:12 a.m.: The president has arrived at Trump International Golf Club in suburban West Palm Beach.
Good morning. It’s 74 degrees in Palm Beach under partly cloudy skies with a high of 84 degrees expected. Here’s a look at Mar-a-Lago.
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The president has no official events Saturday or Sunday. He is expected to leave Palm Beach and return to Washington, DC at about 2:30 p.m. on Sunday.
The Southern Boulevard bridge and roads near Mar-a-Lago remain closed.
The president spent five hours at his golf club in suburban West Palm Beach on Friday and hosted a GOP roundtable at Mar-a-Lago in the evening.
It is not known in the president will golf today. However, the press pool is already gathered at Mar-a-Lago – customary on days the president golfs.
First Lady Melania Trump is expected to attend the funeral of former first lady Barbara Bush in Texas today.
As of 7:16 a.m. the president had not tweeted.