President Donald Trump broke his silence on the passing of U.S. Sen.
On Tuesday, Parker published an opinion piece on the Washington Post where she noted how McCain specified shortly before his death that Trump should not be invited to his funeral, and how Trump reportedly chose not to issue a statement where he would have honored the late senator as a "hero".
I have asked Vice President Mike Pence to offer an address at the ceremony honoring Senator McCain at the United States Capitol this Friday. "Obviously we would have liked the honor to be extended further and would hope the president would extend that honor for the day of interment".
McCain's family, however, are focused on their lost loved one.
He declined to answer any question's about the flag or Trump's response to McCain's death.
While much of the nation remembered McCain's record as a war hero, longtime senator and presidential nominee over the weekend, Trump had nursed his grievances.
In the statement, released two days after the statesman's death, the USA president said he respects Mr McCain's "service to our country". The service will also include a performance of the Irish ballad "Danny Boy" by opera singer Renée Fleming.
In the statement, McCain reflected on the privilege of serving his country and said he tried to do so honorably.
Graham concluded his remarks by saying that without McCain, he'll be on a lonely journey "for a while" and that he shouldn't be looked upon to replace his dear friend.
Publicly, Trump has frequently railed against McCain's dramatic thumbs-down vote against the president's efforts to repeal President Barack Obama's health care law. John McCain, who so clearly affected Democrats and Republicans alike with his dedication to country and willingness to disagree. "We are blessed and are a blessing to humanity when we uphold and advance those ideals at home and in the world".
Despite both men being prominent Republicans, they have been political opponents in recent years with their feud often taking personal turns.
"If we sent John a bill for all the planes he crashed, he'd never pay it off", Graham quipped.
"We are three-hundred-and-twenty-five million opinionated, vociferous individuals". "Some are more or less qualified than others". We will come through them stronger than before - we always do.
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