Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), who has brain cancer, has reportedly discussed his wishes for his funeral, which include President Donald Trump not being present and former President Barack Obama delivering a eulogy.
The New York Times reported people close to McCain have told the White House that his funeral plans detail that Vice President Mike Pence, not Trump, should attend a service, which will be held in Washington’s National Cathedral.
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McCain and Trump have had a tumultuous relationship since the president came bursting onto the political scene.
During the Family Leadership Summit, Trump referenced the senator’s war hero status after he was captured and kept as a prisoner of war in Vietnam.
“He’s not a war hero,” Trump said. “He was a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren’t captured.”
Other criticisms between the two include:
- McCain saying American leadership was better under Obama
- Trump calling McCain a “crusty voice in Washington”
- McCain writing in an op-ed for The Washington Post that Trump is “often poorly informed” and “can be impulsive in his speech and conduct”
- Trump lambasting McCain for voting against the GOP health care plan
In December, Trump reportedly called McCain’s wife, Cindy, to offer his best wishes and check on how she and the senator were doing.
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According to NBC News, McCain’s funeral will also include at least two eulogies, which are set to be delivered by Obama and former President George W. Bush.
In 2013, Obama told Politico his relationship with McCain is akin to a romantic comedy because in a classic plotline, “Initially you’re not getting along and then you keep on bumping into each other.”
He also labeled McCain a Republican who wants to be for something instead of just against things.
McCain, who has a rare and aggressive form of cancer, addressed his own mortality in an audio clip for his upcoming book.
“I don’t know how much longer I’ll be here. Maybe I’ll have another five years,” NBC News affiliate WCNC reported the senator said in the clip. “Maybe I’ll be gone before you hear this. My predicament is, well, rather unpredictable.”