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  • As the nation prepares for Sen. John McCain’s final
    send-off, President Donald Trump is scheduled to headline a
    campaign rally, according to The New York Times.
  • McCain, who died on Saturday, is expected to taken by
    military transport to an air base outside Washington — just as
    Trump is holding a rally in Indiana on Thursday.
  • White House aides reportedly considered the optics of
    holding a Trump rally while the nation mourns the longtime
    senator and Vietnam War veteran, but ultimately decided that it
    was not possible to make changes to Trump’s schedule.

As the nation prepares for Sen. John McCain’s final send-off,
President Donald Trump is scheduled to headline a campaign rally,
according to
a New York Times report
published Wednesday.

White House aides reportedly considered the optics of holding a
Trump rally while the nation mourns the longtime senator and
Vietnam War veteran, but ultimately decided that it was not
possible to make changes to Trump’s schedule.

These aides reportedly concluded, according to The Times’
sources, that Trump could weather any negative fallout from such
a move.

On Friday, McCain will be taken to the
Capitol Rotunda for a televised memorial service where Vice
President Mike Pence, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, and
House Speaker Paul Ryan are expected to attend.

Another memorial service will be held at Washington National
Cathedral on Saturday, where former presidents Barack Obama and
George W. Bush will deliver eulogies, a personal request McCain
asked of Obama and Bush months ago.

McCain’s final destination will be his alma mater, the United
States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, where he will be
buried alongside Chuck Larson, a former Naval Academy classmate
and lifelong friend.

But as McCain meticulously planned his funeral processions in
detail and invited many notable politicians prior to his death,

he intentionally boxed Trump out
, an unprecedented move
against a sitting president. During the weekend, Trump will
instead be at Camp David, the presidential retreat in Maryland.

The two political giants feuded for years over public policy and
other matters. In 1999, Trump downplayed McCain’s military
service and suggested he was only considered an American hero
because he was captured and held prisoner in Hanoi for five years
during the Vietnam War. Trump echoed the same remarks during his
2016 presidential campaign.

McCain in turn criticized Trump’s policies, including matters of
national security, healthcare, and immigration. He also rebuked
what he called the
“half-baked nationalism” that Trump popularized
during his
run for the White House.

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