Trump rejected praise for McCain's heroism

Remembering John McCain: ‘America came first with him at all times’

John McCain's family that he would end his cancer treatment was created to hurt her campaign, saying her comment had been misinterpreted.

Alex Wong/Getty ImagesPresident Trump and John McCain had feuded for years, and Trump was reportedly not invited to McCain's funeral. He is survived by his wife Cindy and seven children, three of them from an earlier marriage.

Biden, who served with McCain in the Senate for more than two decades, on Saturday evening added his voice to the chorus of those hailing the senator. "John McCain was one of them", Schumer said. "Thank you for teaching me how to lead a righteous life and to lead righteously", Ilves said. Some of McCain's oldest friends are already resigned to that, but in a state that has produced the likes of McCain, Goldwater and the former House minority leader John Rhodes, whom McCain replaced in the House, the specter of elevating a run-of-the-mill political mortal is hard to swallow.

"He had a joy about politics and a love for his country that was unmatched", said Sen. "John, you will be missed", the current president of Estonia, Kersti Kaljulaid, tweeted.

"Despite our differences on policy and politics, I respect Senator John McCain's service to our country and, in his honor, have signed a proclamation to fly the flag of the United States at half-staff until the day of his interment". His contributions into the security of the Baltic states will never be forgotten.

He went on to become a high-profile senator and recently a critic of current US President Donald Trump. "And the best way to prevent Russian misbehaviour by having a credible, strong military and a strong North Atlantic Treaty Organisation alliance", the senator said.

McCain will also receive this honor at the Arizona Capitol, according to Gov. Doug Ducey.

But when former first lady Barbara Bush died this year, Trump stayed away from a funeral that drew four of the five living former presidents and first lady Melania Trump, who posed in a photograph with her husband's predecessors that seemed to highlight his exclusion from the nation's most exclusive club. McCain, and his son Jack, who now serves in the Navy. In 2017, he said the USA had stronger leadership under president Obama than under president Trump, even though he had criticised numerous Obama administration's foreign policy decisions. Kyl pointed to an episode years ago during which McCain had a heated argument with Senate Republican leaders and urged them to give Democrats a vote they had been seeking on an amendment. Before being elected to the Senate, he served two terms in the House of Representatives. The US president's tweet following McCain's death on Saturday, in which he did not offer many kind words for the Republican maverick.

Nelson said McCain defended his then-2008 presidential opponent Barack Obama from racist attacks.

Fellow Arizona Republican Senator Jeff Flake told CNN that former presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama have been asked to eulogize the senator. On Sunday, congressional leaders announced that McCain will lie in state at the U.S. Capitol Rotunda.

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