Melania Trump thanked Texas law enforcement for keeping everyone safe as they traveled to Houston to say their final goodbyes to Barbara Bush. who was laid to rest in an emotional ceremony on Saturday.
The first lady took to Instagram to share a photo of her posing with dozens of officers and military personnel, writing in the caption: ‘Thank you to Texas law enforcement for ensuring the safety of everyone today’.
Trump, who attended the services without husband President Donald Trump, also posted a photo from the order of service.
Before getting back on Air Force One, Melania Trump shared a photograph of herself with Texan law enforcement to thank them for ‘ensuring the safety of everyone today’
The First Lady also posted a touching message on Instagram calling Barbara Bush a ‘fearless First Lady’ who led a ‘remarkable life’
Melania arrived in Houston on Saturday to be at the service and was minus her husband, who was in Palm Beach
‘It was my honor to travel to Houston to give my respects to Barbara Bush and the remarkable life she led as a mother, wife, and fearless First Lady,’ she wrote. ‘My sincerest thoughts and prayers continue to be with George H.W., and the entire Bush family.’
Trump was one of the many notable figures who attended Bush’s invitation-only service at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Houston.
Before the service began Trump was seen smiling as she appeared to share a pleasant moment with former President Barack Obama as they sat side by side.
However, her interaction with the Clintons did not seem as warm judging from video footage of the event.
Video of the procession showed Melania took her solo seat next to Barack and Michelle as Bill and Hillary Clinton sat the furthest away.
As the Clintons read the service program and Michelle sat patiently, Melania appeared to say something comical to Barack.
Barack chuckled and added his own comment back, to which Melania simply smiled.
Video of Barbabra Bush’s funeral service proceedings show former President Barack Obama share a lighthearted moment with First Lady Melania Trump
She sat next to Obama and did not appear to have much contact with the Clintons
Melania arrived in Houston on Saturday to be at the service and was minus her husband, who was in Palm Beach.
She took to Twitter to share thoughts along with a portrait of the former first lady that sits in the White House.
‘What a beautiful tribute to a wonderful woman who lived for God, family and country,’ she said.
President Trump did not attend the mass in order to ‘avoid disruptions due to added security.’
This is not at all uncommon for a sitting president, with Obama opting not to attend the funerals of both Nancy Reagan and Betty Ford. Mrs Bush’s son was not at the funeral for Lady Bird Johnson in 2007 when he was president.
He headed off to the golf course on Saturday but then left, tweeting: ‘Heading to the Southern White House to watch the Funeral Service of Barbara Bush. First Lady Melania has arrived in Houston to pay our respects. Will be a beautiful day!’
‘What a beautiful tribute to a wonderful woman who lived for God, family and country,’ Melania said about the portrait of Barbara Bush