Fox News anchor Chris Wallace said he was “struck” by how quickly President Donald Trump’s presence at former President George H.W. Bush’s funeral on Wednesday appeared to sully the mood “on that front row.”
“I have to say I was struck when President Trump and Melania Trump came to the front row that it was as if a chill had descended on that front row,” Wallace said.
“You had seen a lot of chatty talk between the Clintons and the Obamas, the Carters. But when Donald Trump sat down, the greeting that he was given by Barack Obama and Michelle Obama was about as cool as it could have been.”
“It seemed like they exchanged hello, good morning,” he added. “That was it, and at that point they all stopped talking to each other.”
Fox News anchor Chris Wallace says he was "struck when President Trump and Melania Trump came to the front row that it was as if a chill had descended on that front row." pic.twitter.com/zSA4KIJWgy
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“There are some ill feelings among some of the people in the front row,” he said, “and I have to say that where you usually have a president’s club, and even people that ran against and maybe one beat the other, that doesn’t seem to have been extended to President Trump when you see them sitting in that front row.”
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Video shows how quickly smiles and friendly chats between the Obamas and the Clintons ceased upon the president and first Lady Melania Trump’s arrival.
President Trump greeted the Obamas but failed to greet the Clintons and the Carters.
Trump shakes Barack and Michelle Obama's hands when he arrives, does not greet Presidents Carter or Clinton. Via CBS. pic.twitter.com/ugpZQ6qsMK
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