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28 August 2018, 12:33 | Tara Lloyd
Memorial for the late Senator John Mc Cain in Phoenix Arizona
Trump retorted that the senator was "not a war hero" and referred to McCain's years as a prisoner of the North Vietnamese by saying: "I like people who weren't captured".
McCain, a prisoner of war and six-term Arizona senator, had been battling glioblastoma, an aggressive brain cancer, discovered by his doctors in July 2017.
Mr McCain's body will lie in state in the Arizona State Capitol on Wednesday and at the US Capitol Rotunda on Friday, giving his colleagues and the public a chance to pay their respects.
Both Vietnamese people and USA citizens in Hanoi have flocked to the grey, concrete monument to offer flowers, incense, flags and other tributes to McCain.
Arizona operatives speculate that one of two former congressmen from the state, John Shadegg and Matt Salmon, could fill the seat. Daniel Inouye, president pro tem of the Senate, who died in office in December 2012.
The 2008 video shows the late senator defending his then-presidential campaign opponent Barack Obama from a McCain supporter, who shared a racist conspiracy theory that Obama was an "Arab".
Further insult from the administration came early Monday morning as the White House flag was returned to full-staff after it had been at half-staff to honor Sen.
Mr. Trump reportedly turned down a statement that praised Mr. McCain as a hero and highlighted his service as both of a member of the military and the Senate.
While stressing McCain's contempt for President Donald Trump, the show predicted that USA 'attempts to restrain and isolate Russian Federation with harsh sanctions will continue - just now without John McCain'.
First, the statement itself: CNN reports that White House aides had drafted a "fulsome statement" for Trump to release on the death of John McCain. John McCain (R-Ariz.) reflected on his years of service to the United States and urged Americans to "not despair of our present difficulties".
In more than three decades in Congress, McCain became known as a political maverick willing to stick to his convictions rather than go along with party leaders - an independent streak that has drawn a mix of respect and ire.
His family has said he did not want the President to attend his funeral. Instead, Trump took to his preferred medium of Twitter to send wan condolences to the family of McCain. "Our hearts and prayers are with you!"
- Lamar Alexander (@LamarAlexander) August 26, 2018He will forever be remembered as one of America's greatest heroes.
"At that time I liked him personally for his toughness and strong stance", he told the newspaper Vietnam News, published by the official Vietnam News Agency.
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