Family, colleagues attend memorial tributes to Senator John McCain in Arizona Capitol

Family, colleagues attend memorial tributes to Senator John McCain in Arizona Capitol

Family, colleagues attend memorial tributes to Senator John McCain in Arizona Capitol

Even unspoken, the lesson also shines a light on McCain's outward disdain for Trump and his presidency. The episode highlighted the outsider president's impulse to harbour personal resentments regardless of political repercussions.

John McCain passed away just a few days shy of his 82nd birthday after a long and hard-fought battle with brain cancer.

While some Republicans were receptive to Schumer's proposal, many were hesitant to rename a building that honors a senator who served for almost four decades and was a formidable presence known as a "senator's senator" because of his mastery of Senate rules.

McCain "meant so much to so many of us - inside this chamber and out", McConnell said Tuesday in a speech on the Senate floor. Earlier in the day, a stone-faced Trump sat mute as reporters at several photo sessions invited him to comment on McCain.

From the more than five years he spent in a North Vietnamese prison camp to his implication in the "Keating 5" scandal to his losses in not one but two presidential elections, he was someone well-acquainted with hardship. Privately, he has groused about such slights as his belief that McCain did not appreciate his endorsement in the senator's 2016 re-election bid.

"There are many other things that we need to do, but that's a good one".

In June, for example, the president hastily disinvited the entire Philadelphia Eagles from a White House event in honor of their Super Bowl championship after growing frustrated that, in protest of some of his policies, the team had planned to send only a small delegation of players.


Over the past two years he has stood out as a key rival and critic of U.S. President Donald Trump. After public and private pressure, Trump issued a statement Monday offering his "respect" for McCain's service to the country. Merely preventing your political opponents from doing what they want isn't the most inspiring work. John McCain said goodbye to the man who was an American hero in the eyes of many and synonymous with the Grand Canyon State.

McCain, the son and grandson of Navy admirals, will be laid to rest beside his Naval Academy classmate and lifelong friend, the late Admiral Chuck Larson, organizers said. He also said he'd agreed to the McCain family's request for military transportation of the senator's remains from Arizona to Washington.

She added, "John McCain was my friend".

He is the only name to make the list twice, because, as Ken once said, McCain's gimmicky Straight Talk Express in his 2000 primary run against George W. Bush was insane and his support for The War on Terror in 2008-even as the global economy tanked-was detestable.

By the time the service ended, crowds had gathered to wait for the public viewing of McCain's closed casket, seeking shelter from Phoenix's summer heat under tents with coolers filled with ice and water bottles.

After serving in the House for four years, McCain ran for the Senate and won.

I was thinking back to that clash this week, which ended three days later as McCain and Obama playfully cocked their fists and mugged for the cameras on Capitol Hill.

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