McCain Honored At Memorial Service In Washington

What's lost when the president can't show up?

He said they would in later years recall their political battles like former football players remembering the big game.

Trump had spent parts of the morning before McCain's funeral tweeting his anger about the investigation into his campaign's ties with Russian Federation during the 2016 election and highlighting quotes from a mutual critic of the FBI and Justice Department.

Trump's name was not mentioned during the ceremony, but Meghan McCain's references to him unmistakable.

For all of John McCain's exalted titles - war hero, senator, presidential nominee - Meghan McCain said she loved him best as a father.

The absence of President Donald Trump at the memorial set up the event to be a charged topic of political debate on social media - and Twitter users did not disappoint.

"Imagine the dashing aviator", she said, "kissing the hurt when I fell and skinned my knee".

The funeral was attended by several leaders, including former Vice President Joe Biden, who was an honorary pallbearer. Among those in the front row at the cathedral were Michelle Obama, Laura Bush, Bill and Hillary Clinton, as well as Dick Cheney and Al Gore.

On the way to the cathedral on Saturday morning, the cortege stopped at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, where McCain's wife Cindy laid a wreath. His flag-draped casket was escorted by military body bearers up the cathedral steps under gray skies.

McCain (R-Ariz.), a six-term senator and two-time presidential candidate, died of brain cancer on August 25 at the age of 81. "That some values transcend party", Obama said. Vice President Mike Pence was expected to attend, according to officials.




Trump, who has mocked McCain and his war service, characteristically sent tweets highlighting himself and his problems on Saturday - while all of Washington remained focused on someone else. He refused to be released without his men.

Mr Trump obtained deferments for his college education and a foot ailment. "We never doubted the other man's sincerity or the man's patriotism".

"John would be the first to tell you he was not a flawless man, but he dedicated his life to national ideals that are as flawless as men and women have as yet conceived". Obama's husband, former President Barack Obama, largely ran against the policies of Bush ― including the disastrous Iraq War ― when campaigning for president in 2008.

Obama said Saturday he was "grateful, but I wasn't surprised" by McCain's response.

McCain's motorcade arrived from the Capitol, where he laid in state overnight.

Obama later spoke of the frequent conversations he'd have with Sen.

While two former presidents will speak in honor of McCain, the current President will be notably absent.

McCain was honored at the Washington National Cathedral, before his final resting place at the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. Larson died in 2014, and McCain wrote in his recent memoir that he wanted to be buried next to his friend, "near where it began".

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