Ted Kennedy’s Son Remembers His Father’s Friendship With John McCain
- Author: Sonia Alvarado Aug 28, 2018,
Aug 28, 2018, 0:34
The person who was previously seen as McCain's most likely successor is Arizona Rep. Martha McSally. The Arizona Republican, whose relationship with President Trump has always been fraught, died on Saturday at the age of 81 after battling brain cancer.
Sen. John McCain's service to his country began more than six decades ago at the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis and will end there in a cemetery overlooking Maryland's Severn River.
Both Vietnamese people and US citizens in Hanoi have flocked to the grey, concrete monument to offer flowers, incense, flags and other tributes to McCain.
"I had the great honor and privilege of being in the presence of the late Sen". Daniel Inouye, president pro tem of the Senate, who died in office in December 2012.
Military Attache Ton Tuan from U.S. Embassy places incense while he pays respect in memory of the late U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) at the McCain Memorial in Hanoi, Vietnam August 27, 2018.
President Donald Trump tweeted about McCain's passing.
In his closing statement, McCain acknowledged he was not without his flaws but said he tried to serve the country "honorably".
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The White House also lowered its flag to half-staff on Sunday night in light of the news. "At his death, he had served the United States of America faithfully for sixty years", the family said in a statement.
The Post, which cited current and former White House aides who requested anonymity to discuss sensitive internal deliberations, said White House chief of staff John Kelly, press secretary Sarah Sanders and other staff urged the release of an official statement calling McCain a "hero" and praising him for his extensive service to the country.
"Our thoughts, prayers and deepest sympathy to the McCain Family", Trump wrote.
"At that time I liked him personally for his toughness and strong stance", he said. Media reports, some of which included confirmation by multiple White House sources, said Trump is banned from attending the service.
"A passionate advocate for American global leadership, Senator McCain rightly bemoaned those who favored a U.S. pullback from world affairs", Harris added.
I have asked Vice President Mike Pence to offer an address at the ceremony honoring Senator McCain at the United States Capitol this Friday. If those plans hold, McCain will be sending a clear final message to Trump, after making clear when he was alive that he saw the President's demeanor, populist style and global outlook as antithetical to America's founding values and global role.
It also contrasted with the flood of heartfelt tributes that came from both Republicans and Democrats, including former president Barack Obama, as well as Trump's own wife Melania Trump, and from foreign leaders including French President Emmanuel Macron.