Donald Trump Excluded from John McCain’s Funeral Service – Reports
[ Editor’s Note: Well this is certainly a twist of the knife by McCain, although it puts Mike Pence in a delicate spot, and the family, also.
But both of them had one big thing in common. They love(d) to dish it out, but would go ballistic when criticism came their way. And in a way, a case could be made that Trump might have gotten the tactic of using provocative charges to get media attention from McCain.
What I am more curious about is if the first Mrs. McCain got an invitation. She had held the family together while John was a PoW in Hanoi, and got dumped for the rich daughter of the Coors Beer fortune who could help fund his political ambitions.
Mrs. McCain was discarded like a pair of old socks, giving us an open window into McCain’s views on his ambition and family loyalty. I won’t get into the Coors family. Gordon is the go to guy on that … Jim W. Dean ]
– First published … August 26, 2018 –
The US President had a rocky relationship with high-profile Republican McCain, who has publicly criticized his hard line immigration policy and recently bashed his performance at the Helsinki summit with Vladimir Putin and at the NATO summit.
US president Donald Trump hasn’t been invited to John McCain’s funeral at Washington’s National Cathedral, The New York Times reported on Saturday.
At the same time, the list of participants will include his two predecessors Barack Obama and George W. Bush, who have been asked to give eulogies. Vice President Mike Pence has also been invited to attend the full dress funeral service, the newspaper said, citing two Republicans familiar with the arrangements. The report echoed details of the memorial service that leaked in May.
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John McCain, an Arizona senator and Republican presidential nominee in the 2008 elections, died on Saturday at age 81. A day earlier, his family announced that he was discontinuing medical treatment after a year-long battle with brain cancer.
After news about McCain’s death broke on Saturday night, Donald Trump swiftly took to Twitter to express his “deepest sympathies and respect” to the senator’s family.
However, the two have been embroiled in a tangled conflict in the recent years. McCain was an outspoken critic of President Donald Trump; he has repeatedly accused the US president of collusion with Moscow during the 2016 presidential election and slammed Trump for his stance on refugee policy and ‘fake news’.
Earlier this month, the US President avoided reading McCain’s name when signing the 2019 military spending bill titled the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act in honor of the ailing senator. Instead, Trump opted to call him “one of our wonderful senators,” to the displeasure of some public officials.
In some of the recent jibes at POTUS, McCain called his press conference with Vladimir Putin in Helsinki “one of the most disgraceful performances by an American president in memory” and his performance at the NATO summit in July “disappointing, yet ultimately unsurprising.”
In 2015, shortly after announcing his presidential run, Trump told an audience in Iowa that McCain, a decorated Vietnam War veteran, was “not a war hero,” saying that he preferred “people who weren’t captured.”
Days before Trump’s comments, McCain had accused the Republican candidate of “firing up the crazies” when the latter bashed illegal immigrants during a rally in Arizona.