March 4, 2024

President Biden on Tuesday invited a heavy roster of VIPs to fly on Air Force One for the trip to a tribute service for former first lady Rosalynn Carter in Georgia.

Former President Bill Clinton, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and former first lady Michelle Obama were among the passengers who flew to Atlanta with the president and first lady Jill Biden.

Mrs. Carter died Sunday at age 96.

Former President Jimmy Carter, though battling health issues himself at age 99, was expected to attend the service. The Carters were married in 1946.

Former Presidents Donald Trump, Barack Obama and George W. Bush were not expected to attend the service, but a full roster of former first ladies were to be on hand, with Laura Bush and Melania Trump alongside Mrs. Biden, Mrs. Obama and Mrs. Clinton.

It’s a notable appearance for Mrs. Trump, who has largely shirked the public spotlight as her husband mounts another presidential campaign and maintains a wide lead against the GOP primary field.

Mrs. Trump attended her husband’s campaign launch last November but hasn’t gone to rallies or his numerous court appearances.

“He has my support, and we look forward to restoring hope for the future and leading America with love and strength,” Mrs. Trump said during a Fox News interview in May.