Short yet intimate, the note left in the Oval Office from vanquished to victor seeded a friendship that flowered in the decades since, to a point where Bill Clinton said upon Bush's death Friday: "I just loved him."

Trump seated next to Obamas, Clintons at Bush funeral

Jimmy Carter et al. sitting at a table: Trump seated next to Obamas, Clintons at Bush funeral

© Getty Images Trump seated next to Obamas, Clintons at Bush funeral 

President Trump on Tuesday met with his predecessors for the first time since taking office at the state funeral of former President George H.W. Bush.

Trump and first lady Melania Trump entered the Washington National Cathedral, walking down the center aisle and to their seats in the front row next to former President Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama. Both Trumps shook hands with each of the Obamas.

The handshake was believed to be the first interaction between President Trump and former President Obama since Inauguration Day on January 20, 2017.

The Trumps did not extend their hands to former President Bill Clinton and former first lady. The Trumps also did not greet former President Jimmy Carter of former first lady Rosalyn Carter, who were sitting further down the aisle.

Melania Trump appeared to acknowledge Hillary Clinton, who lost a contentious presidential election to Trump in 2016, with a nod.

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Crimson Tazvinzwa

GRADUATE STUDENT: MASTERS OF LAWS, DE MONTFORT UNIVERSITY, http://dmu.ac.uk/ SCHOOL OF BUSINESS & LAWS, LEICESTER.

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