President Trump traversed a big political chasm Tuesday evening when he personally welcomed George W. Bush, his single foil, to…
President Trump traversed a big political chasm Tuesday evening when he personally welcomed George W. Bush, his single foil, to Blair House, the presidential district on Pennsylvania Avenue from the White House.
But the actual distance was only 250 meters – a route Trump and his wife Melania traveled in the presidential palace, with a car crash of at least seven other vehicles.
Trumps spent 23 minutes with Bush and his wife Laura, for all accounts a warm meeting where the former president exchanged kisses on the cheek with the present first lady at the edge.
It was the latest in a series of magnanimous gestures that President Trump has done this week to honor the legacy of former President George HW Bush, whose state celebration will take place in Washington National Cathedral on Wednesday.
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In an email, President Barack Obama pointed to Chinese President Xi Jinping from the White House to Blair House after a private dinner during Xis State visit in September 2015. He also reminded another occasion, a year earlier when Obama and the White House chief executive Denis McDonough left the White House for a quick trip to a nearby Starbucks, with Obama joking to reporters that “the bear is loose” – a reference to his 2008 campaign when he felt limited by his newfound Secret Service bubble.
“It’s good co ffee. The president bought it,” Price reminded McDonough told him when they returned to the White House.
Trumps Motorcycle on Tuesday traveled along West Executive Drive between the White House and Eisenhower Executive Office Building. The iron security ports along Pennsylvania Avenue turned open and the president’s limo turned to the left, stopped a few meters later in front of Blair House a state white brick townhouse with black shutters.
Pennsylvania Avenue and Lafayette Square had been cleaned by pedestrians, who usually gather in front of the White House for images or protests, which is commonplace when foreign leaders or other high actors live with Blair House.
Presidential motorcades usually include more than a dozen vehicles, including secret service counterassault teams, medical staff, white house assistants and press corps. In this case, the pool reporters who shaded Trump’s movements were placed ahead of time across the street from Blair House and were not in the motorcade, which contained at least eight vehicles, according to video films.
The weather Tuesday was cloudy and cold, but there was no rain. President Trump was the only one of the four wearing an overcoat.
White House aides refused to comment when asked why Trumps chose to take a motorway.
Obama often employed a full short-haul motorcar, including fundraisers at nearby hotels like Jefferson, just a few blocks from the White House. These journeys resulted in the closure of roads in central Washington, sometimes during rush hour, thus stopping evening evenings.
Like his predecessor, Trump also took a car camera for the latest lighting of the National Christmas Tree, on Ellipse – but Trump left the pool behind his speech when he returned to the White House, with the reporters stranded outside in free temperatures reduced to tweeting their dissatisfaction. (The White House Pool of 13 reporters, photographers and videographers has long shaded the US president to record his movements for history and in the event of an emergency.)
According to a pool report, the bushes did not return to Trump’s edge after the private meeting inside Blair House. Trump walked his wife to her side of limon and waved to the press corps, but he did not respond to his screaming questions when he re-introduced the vehicle for the short ride home.