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The awkward moment Donald Trump is seated in same row as Clintons at George H.W. Bush's funeral

The death of George H.W. Bush brought together an awkward meeting of the five remaining members - and their families - of the presidents club.

President Donald Trump was thrown together with former occupants of the White House, who have given him decidedly mixed reviews.

This morning’s state funeral for the late president was attended by "formers" Barack Obama, George W Bush, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter. The last time they were together with Trump was at his inauguration in 2017.

They all sat together in the front row at the Washington National Cathedral, with the exception of the younger Bush, who was seated nearby with his family.

As the Trumps were seated, Melania was acknowledged with nods and waves by the Clintons but Hillary quickly turned forward in an apparent attempt to avoid seeing Trump, who she ran against in the 2016 Presidential election.

Michelle Obama offered the President a quick "good morning" before turning away and looking straight ahead.

The former First Lady wrote in her memoir this year that Mr Trump's conspiracy about her husband’s country of birth endangered her daughters.

President Trump did not shake hands with the Clintons or the Carters.

Later, when George W arrived he brief shook hands with President Trump, the First Lady and former President Obama before handing something to Michelle Obama, eliciting a smile from the former first lady.

After brief handshakes with the Trumps and Barrack Obama, Mr Bush handed something the former First Lady. Source: Associated Press

He then shook hands with Bill and Hillary Clinton and Jimmy Carter before taking a seat with his wife, Laura Bush.

Those who have occupied the Oval Office typically share an unparalleled experience that typically builds a special camaraderie. And by virtue of health, longevity and opportunities for continued influence, ex-presidents are sticking around longer than ever and staying active in the public eye.

But since taking office, Mr Trump has had little contact with his predecessors. He has not spoken to Democrats Clinton or Obama since his inauguration.

He did speak with the younger Bush during the contentious confirmation process for Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, as the previous Republican president helped lobby for his former aide.

Democrat Carter has been briefed by White House officials on North Korea, though it was not clear if he has engaged directly with the president.

Mr Trump has sought to meet the elder Bush's passing with grace, a contrast to the rhythms of much of his tumultuous presidency. 

You didn’t need to be a body language to detect the tension. Source: Associated Press