President Trump Not Attending John McCain's Funeral, Spokesman Says

President Trump Not Attending John McCain's Funeral, Spokesman Says

President Trump Not Attending John McCain's Funeral, Spokesman Says

Soon after his death, former presidents, lawmakers, and others all issued statements praising McCain's accomplishments.

Trump noted the senator's death in a tweet Saturday: "My deepest sympathies and respect go out to the family of Senator John McCain". Vice President Mike Pence is expected to represent the White House at McCain's funeral service.

McCain died Saturday at age 81.

Bowing to pressure, President Donald Trump on Monday ordered American flags at USA buildings lowered to half-staff for Sen.

Speaking to reporters after writing in a book of condolence, USA ambassador Daniel Kritenbrink said Mr McCain was "a great leader and real hero" who helped normalise relations between the former enemies. He dedicated his life to serving the country he loved so much and for that we will be eternally grateful. President Trump has been asked by the Senator's family not to be in attendance.

MacKay said this year at the International Security Forum in Halifax they'll mark the 10 anniversary of the event by starting an award honouring international courage and leadership, named in John McCain's honour. Plans taking shape called for McCain to lie in state Wednesday in the Arizona State Capitol on what would have been his 82nd birthday.

In a statement, Lieberman said he has lost a dear friend but that he was lucky to have known and worked with McCain and is comforted now by great memories of their times together. "That's just a fact", Rick Davis, who served as McCain's campaign chairman and a longtime advisor, told reporters.

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The son of victim Aileen Pizarro described his mother and sister to CBS News as the "kindest, most caring people in the world". Witness Mariwan Hama told the Los Angeles Times: "People were running around ... and someone was on the ground".

Arizona law requires the governor of the state to name an appointee of the same political party who will serve until the next general election.

As tributes are pouring in across the country for Sen.

French President Emmanuel Macron tweeted in English that McCain "was a true American hero". Israel's prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, said McCain's support for the Jewish state "never wavered".

"Sorry he didn't go all the way, but he's a good man and he puts country first over everything", Wheat said.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn, on Sunday lauded Sen.

Corker, R-Tenn., said in a statement, "America lost a statesman and hero tonight and all of us in the Senate lost a friend".

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