Dying US Senator McCain does not want Trump at his funeral

US Senator John Mc Cain speaks during a press conference on Capitol Hill in Washington DC
US Senator John Mc Cain speaks during a press conference on Capitol Hill in Washington DC

07 May, 2018

The information was first revealed by The New York Times, in a piece titled, "At His Ranch, John McCain Shares Memories and Regrets With Friends".

Former Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush plan to be eulogists at McCain's funeral service, which is to be held at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., the source close to McCain said.

McCain, who is battling a rare and aggressive form of cancer, addressed his own mortality in an audio clip for his upcoming book.

McCain has been at home in Arizona since late previous year recovering from side effects associated with his cancer treatment.

The 81-year-old's disdain for Trump's caustic personality and influence on the conversations in Washington has surfaced before.

"I don't know how much longer I'll be here", McCain said, and people around him indicate the prognosis is grim. "My predicament is well. rather unpredictable". John McCain followed in the footsteps of his father and grandfather, in 1958, he graduated from the naval Academy USA, becoming the pilot of deck aircraft. Larson died of leukemia in 2014. In addition to grappling with the party's loss, members of his inner circle have already begun planning his funeral.

Joe Biden, the former vice-president, sat with the Arizona senator for 90 minutes last Sunday, according to people close to both men. "The family is very thankful for that and thankful for all the prayers and good wishes that we've heard from so many different Americans".

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According to the NYT report, McCain also expressed regret for picking Alaskan governor Sarah Palin as his vice presidential running mate in 2008.

12 News obtained an advance copy of the memoir.

There is no love loss for Donald Trump when it comes to McCain, who has made this quite clear in the past. Goldwater, McCain recalled, got a little nostalgic: "You know, John, if I had beaten Lyndon Johnson in '64, you wouldn't have spent all those years in a North Vietnamese prison camp". "He was a war hero because he was captured".

"We talked about how our worldwide reputation is being damaged", Biden said in the report published Saturday, "And we talked about the need for people to stand up and speak out".

Still bearing a black eye and scar from surgery, McCain gave a thumbs-down signal in a decisive vote to scuttle a Trump-backed Bill to repeal the Obamacare healthcare law. The most serious comments are reserved for Mr. Trump's tolerance of Russian President Vladimir Putin, saying it was "shameful" when Mr. Trump responded "we have killers too" when warned about Putin.

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