Honoring Sen. John McCain

02 September, 2018, 14:31 | Author: Sue Mclaughlin
  • A touching tribute: McCain's former Vietnam cellmate Republican Rep. Sam Johnson honors his friend

He noted McCain "made us better presidents".

Originally supposed to go to Camp David for the weekend, Trump made a clear decision to stay in D.C. today even though most of the nation's capitol's most prominent citizens clearly wanted nothing to do with him - which probably didn't feel so great to the easily slighted 45th POTUS.

Friends, family and former political rivals saluted the late Sen.

Former Sen. Joe Lieberman of CT, a Democrat who was once re-elected as an independent, also spoke of McCain's patriotism and ability to bring people of all political parties together.

Trump had spent parts of the morning before McCain's funeral tweeting his anger about the investigation into his campaign's ties with Russian Federation during the 2016 election and highlighting quotes from a mutual critic of the FBI and Justice Department.

At the service in Washington, D.C., Saturday, former USA presidents and first ladies sat upfront together, and the cameras caught what looked like a sweet moment between Michelle Obama and the Republican president her husband replaced.

Hailing his friend as "an extraordinary man", warrior and patriot who embodied what is best in America, Obama said McCain "made us better presidents - just as he made the Senate better, just as he made the country better".

According to the New York Times, Roberta "once said her son liked to hold her up as an example of 'what he hopes his lifespan will be'".

On Saturday, the procession leading to the cathedral stopped at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial where his wife, Cindy McCain, laid a ceremonial wreath. His flag-draped casket was escorted by military body bearers up the cathedral steps under gray skies.

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A memorial service has taken place in Washington to honour late senator John McCain.

McCain died at the age of 81 last Saturday after stopping treatment for glioblastoma, an aggressive brain tumor.

"This week's celebration of the life and values and patriotism of this hero, I think have taken our country above all that", said former Sen.

Very few non-presidents in American history have had the kind of week remembrance that John McCain had, Brownstein added. The president did not attend Saturday's service and spent the morning sending tweets on other subjects.

McCain described how her father instilled that toughness in her - by making her get back on a horse that had bucked her off, causing her to break her collarbone. He sent Ivanka Trump, her husband Jared Kushner, Defense Secretary James Mattis and others to the service to represent the administration. He refused to be released without his men.

Despite their long political history, Bush and McCain were cordial.

Likewise, former President George W. Bush said McCain "detested the abuse of power and could not abide bigots and swaggering despots".

Bush also mourned McCain's passing. John McCain at the National Cathedral. The two had served in the Senate together since Mr McCain's 1986 election.

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