Trump quiet as nation mourns McCain

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

Flags flew at half-mast over the White House and US Capitol in honor of McCain, as organizers announced he will lie in state at the US Capitol Rotunda.

On Saturday, August 25, died in USA Senator John McCain. McCain will be buried at the Naval Academy Cemetery in Annapolis, Maryland.

World leaders, lawmakers of both parties and the military effusively praised the late senator John McCain as a statesman, a hero and the conscience of the Senate on Sunday while President Donald Trump, who has had a combative relationship with McCain, remained silent.

As the nation mourns the loss of McCain, who was 81, preparations for the war hero's funeral are under way - but one face sure to be missing from the crowd is Trump's.

U.S. Senator Tim Kaine said that John McCain was a hero, his [my] chairman and his [my] friend.

McCain had been planning his funeral services over the previous year and his family made clear that president Trump was not invited.

"My deepest sympathies and respect go out to the family of Senator John McCain", Trump tweeted on Saturday.

McCain ran for president twice in his lifetime.

To gasps on the Senate floor, McCain gave a big "thumbs down", dooming the last-ditch GOP health care bill backed by the President, further earning the ire of Mr. Trump.

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McCain was a naval aviator during the Vietnam War.

"I knew that every prisoner the Vietnamese tried to break, those who had arrived before me and those who would come after me, would be taunted with the story of how an admiral's son had gone home early, a lucky beneficiary of America's class-conscious society", McCain later recalled.

McCain reportedly requested that Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush deliver eulogies at his funeral, while Trump apparently was not invited. John McCain, R-Ariz., frame the U.S. Capital at daybreak in Washington, Sunday, Aug. 26, 2018.

The Senate's top Democrat, New York's Chuck Schumer, said he wants to rename the Senate building that housed McCain's suite of offices after McCain. "I like people who weren't captured", Trump said, to widespread criticism.

When Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia died in 2016 - the first time a justice died in office in more than 50 years - Obama signed a proclamation on the day of his death, ordering flags lowered until his burial.

During the ceremony Trump praised Republican Martha McSally as "terrific", but did not once mention McCain, even though the event was in his honour.

McCain frequently criticized Trump for his behavior and policies, and dramatically cast the deciding vote to not repeal the Affordable Care Act past year, an act that drew a round of angry tweets from Trump. Meghan McCain fired back in a tweet that Trump's attacks on her father "never stops being gross".

And McCain's survival through years of almost fatal torture and hardship in the Hanoi prison known as the "Hanoi Hilton" was made more impressive by his refusal to be repatriated before the release of all the American POWs captured before him.

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