Saturday, 15 December, 2018

US Congress bids John McCain farewell

Biden Tribute to McCain: 'John's Code Was Ageless, Is Ageless' John McCain Services Begin With Private Ceremony in Arizona
| 01 September, 2018, 18:36

President Donald Trump, who pointedly was not invited to any of the events in the three days honoring McCain, had feuded frequently with the senator.

It is advice she said she carries with her to this day.

"May God bless the memory of John McCain, may God comfort his family and friends, and may God continue to bless the United States of America", Pence said.

Kara-Murza has been poisoned twice in recent years, and he's expressed his gratitude to McCain for calling attention to his case.

Joe Lieberman of CT, a longtime friend and fellow global traveler who McCain once considered as his vice presidential running mate. "At any moment, he might be preparing an eloquent reflection on human liberty - or a devastating joke, served up with his signature cackle and that John McCain glint in his eye". Many of Trump's tweets included quotes, possibly from the news coverage he had been watching. McCain condemned the candidate's hard-line rhetoric on illegal immigration, accusing Trump of "firing up the crazies".

The memorial stop will provide another contrast with Trump in McCain's carefully designed funeral procession.

The vehicles passed in front of the White House.

Meghan McCain recognized her father by telling attendees Saturday that "we gather here to mourn the passing of American greatness".

McCain helped plan the events around his funeral.

As cameras panned the cathedral gathering, including such members of the Washington elite as former presidents Obama, Clinton, and George W. Bush, along with Michelle Obama, Laura Bush, Hillary Clinton, Henry Kissinger, Sen.

On Sunday, a private memorial service is planned at the U.S. Naval Academy Chapel in Annapolis, Maryland.

McCain died on Saturday, Aug. 25 at the age of 81 after a yearlong battle with brain cancer.

In Trump's absence, Vice President Mike Pence, Defense Secretary James Mattis, White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and other officials represented the administration.


The New York businessman hit back, saying of McCain's 5-1/2 years as a prisoner of war in Vietnam: "He was a war hero because he was captured". He refused to be released without his men.

At the cathedral, two former presidents, a pre-eminent diplomat and a former Senate colleague are among the speakers on the schedule.

At the time of his death, McCain was chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, where he was known as a tough overseer of the country's military.

Music played as the crowd filed in.

Bush was McCain's rival in the 2000 presidential race.

As the GOP nominee in 2008, McCain lost to Obama. He died August 25 at age 81.

McCain's service and dedication to working across the aisle - even as he sometimes infuriated his opponents - was a major theme of Friday's ceremony in the Capitol Rotunda. Many veterans saw it as a sign of disrespect.

McCain is a decorated veteran who was held for more than five years as a prisoner of war in Vietnam. Several current and former senators also are on tap as pallbearers.

The US Congress, together with family members and friends, bid farewell to Republican Sen.

McCain arrived Thursday in the D.C. area after a memorial service in Arizona and lying in state at the state capitol earlier this week.

Those scheduled to speak include McCain's daughters, Meghan, 33, and Sidney, 51, his eldest, who was born in 1966, a year before he was taken captive while serving in Vietnam when his plane was shot down by a missile in Hanoi.

McCain died of brain cancer on August 25 at age 81.

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