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DC is going all-out for John McCain’s funeral, but Trump’s not invited

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John McCain.


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  • President Donald Trump is not invited to the late Sen.
    John McCain’s funeral.
  • McCain reportedly said before he died he did not want
    Trump at the service, which much of Washington is expected to
    attend.
  • The two most recent presidents and McCain’s former
    election opponents, George W. Bush and Barack Obama, have been
    asked to speak at the service at Washington’s National
    Cathedral.
  • McCain’s death prompted an outpouring of praise from
    Washington, and his funeral proceedings include the rare honor
    to lie in state at the US Capitol.

Americans from Arizona to Washington, DC will have the chance to
pay their respects to Sen. John McCain at multiple memorials
planned to honor the six-term Senator and war hero, who died at the age of 81 on
Saturday.

But President Donald Trump will likely not be among the
attendees.

Before his death, The New York Times reported
that Trump was not going to be invited to McCain’s funeral. Two
White House officials confirmed to the Associated Press
that the president was asked not to attend.

The two feuded for years. During the 2016 presidential campaign,
Trump mocked McCain’s military
service
. The son and grandson of Navy admirals, McCain
served 22 years in the US
Navy
, five-and-a-half of which he spent as a prisoner of war in Vietnam.

“He’s not a war hero,” Trump said in July 2015. “He’s a war hero
because he was captured. I like people that weren’t captured.”

McCain issued some blistering statements condemning
Trump’s behavior
— from when the 2005 tape of Trump making
lewd comments about women emerged in October 2016 to when Trump
met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in July, which McCain
called “disgraceful.”


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One
of Trump’s biggest issues with McCain was when he broke with his
party to vote down a Republican measure to repeal parts of the
Affordable Care Act.

Associated
Press/YouTube


As president, Trump continued to throw subtle jabs at McCain after
the Arizona senator voiced his opposition on matters of foreign policy, healthcare, and immigration.

McCain’s death at the age of 81 due to complications from brain
cancer prompted a widespread
outpouring
of praise for his life and career from Washington
heavyweights. Minority leader Chuck Schumer even called to
rename the Russell Senate Office
Building
in McCain’s honor.

Trump
tweeted
: “My deepest sympathies and respect go out to the
family of Senator John McCain. Our hearts and prayers are with
you!”

The White House has not issued a more robust statement since
Trump’s tweet.

Trump reportedly
rejected a statement
from his aides praising McCain, saying
he wanted to post his own statement on Twitter instead, the
Washington Post reported on Sunday. He also didn’t issue a presidential
proclamation to keep the White House flags at half-mast
, and
they returned to full mast on Monday morning.

McCain’s funeral arrangements

After three decades in Congress, his former colleagues announced
McCain would lie in state in the US Capitol,
making him the 33rd person and 13th senator to receive the rare
honor of his casket being placed in the Rotunda.

The public will have the opportunity to pay their respects in
Phoenix and DC, and there will be two separate services, with
some public seating at the one in Arizona, but the one in
Washington will be by invitation only.

McCain’s memorials include:

  • Wednesday, August 29
    • Lying in state at the Arizona State Capitol
    • Open to the public starting at 2 p.m. PT
    • A livestream will be
      available
  • Thursday, August 30
    • Service at the North Phoenix Baptist Church
    • Limited public seating by request
    • A livestream will be
      available
  • Friday, August 31
    • Lying in state at the US Capitol
    • Open to the public 2-8 p.m. ET
    • A livestream will be
      available
  • Saturday, September 1
    • Service at Washington National Cathedral
    • Private event by invitation only
    • A livestream will be
      available

Though Trump wasn’t invited, Vice President Mike Pence is expected
to attend McCain’s funeral. And scores of politicians, members of
the military, and other Washington heavyweights will attend, as
well.

McCain will be buried at his Annapolis, Maryland alma
mater, the United States Naval Academy, next to his best friend,
Adm. Chuck Larson.

Bush and Obama were asked to speak


Obama John McCain
The
late Sen. John McCain and former President Barack
Obama.

AP

Former presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, two men to
whom McCain lost his bids to the presidency, will deliver
eulogies at the Washington National Cathedral service on
Saturday, CBS News confirmed.

Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona said on CBS’ “Face the Nation” Sunday
that McCain’s choice to include his former running opponents was
a significant reach across the political divide that represents
McCain’s style well.

“These were bitter contests, both of them,” Flake said. “To ask
them to speak at your funeral, and for them to be honored at the
opportunity, that tells you all you need to know.”

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