As President Trump stood beside former presidents Obama, Clinton, Carter and their wives Wednesday during George H.W. Bush’s funeral, all but he and first lady Melania were seen reciting The Apostles’ Creed.

Trump is now receiving criticism for failing to recite the act of faith, as video shows the front row of presidents and first ladies saying the creed in unison while glancing at their programs where the prayer was printed. 

Trump, however, remained stone-faced with his program in hand and arms crossed, refusing to look down once for assistance as Melania stood at his side – both silent.  

Social media users were quick to point out the scene at the Washington National Cathedral, critical of Trump as he ran on the base of being devout evangelical Christian, appealing to many conservatives. 

The Apostles’ Creed contains a brief summary of Christian teachings and the life of Jesus, with a note of hope for ‘forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting’. 

It outlines the core Christian beliefs with worshipers repeating ‘I believe’ in God, his son Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit. 

The funeral program had the creed printed in full, with a note: ‘Said by all in unison’.  

The Trumps’ decision to opt out of the reciting the creed and singing religious hymns has left many questioning the president’s beliefs, or if he knows the creed at all.

Trump has identified as Presbyterian in recent years and claims to have attended a church of the same denomination growing up. 

The First Lady confirmed after her visit to the Vatican with the president in May 2017 that she is Catholic.

The Apostles’ Creed is said by Presbyterians, shutting down some claims that it is outside of his beliefs. 

‘This is your ”Christian” evangelical president,’ author and political contributor Keith Boykin wrote.

The president’s daughter Ivanka Trump even recited the creed, despite having converted to Judaism. 

‘Striking that all the former Presidents and First Ladies recited the Apostles Creed, but Trump and Melania stood silently and did not,’ another Twitter user wrote. ‘The creeds are at the heart of historic orthodox Christianity.’

Another pointed out that Barack Obama, who has been falsely said to be of Muslim-faith was reciting the Christian creed. 

‘Are you telling me the so-called ”Muslim” president knew all the words to the Apostles’ Creed, but the ”Christian Conservative” President, did not?’, another wrote on Twitter

Others seemed unsure of what to make of the scene, calling Trump’s behavior ‘curious’, ‘weird’, and ‘striking’. 

The version of the creed used at the service was that of the Episcopal Church. George H.W. Bush and his wife Barbara were lifelong members of the Episcopal Church. 

Although both George W. Bush and Jeb Bush were brought up in the church the 43rd president is a Methodist and the former Florida governor converted to Catholicism, the religion of his wife and children.

Seated in order of presidential precedence at the funeral, Trump sat in the first seat in the first row with the first lady beside him.

Next to her was former President Barack Obama, former first lady Michelle Obama, and then Bill Clinton with Hillary Clinton beside him and Jimmy Carter with wife Rosalynn.

The Trumps slipped out of cathedral after the casket carrying the remains of the late Bush was carried up the aisle of the grand church. 

The 41st president’s casket arrived at St Martin’s Episcopal Church in Texas Wednesday night where he will lie in repose overnight. 

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