Following the passing of Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) on Saturday night at age 81, President Donald Trump sent his condolences to the family members he left behind in a tweet:
My deepest sympathies and respect go out to the family of Senator John McCain. Our hearts and prayers are with you!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 26, 2018
The president’s words come after he failed to publicly respond to McCain’s announcement that he had decided to stop receiving treatment for his terminal brain cancer.
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— TicToc by Bloomberg (@tictoc) August 26, 2018
McCain’s family announced his passing in a statement that read, “Senator John Sidney McCain III died at 4:28 p.m. on August 25, 2018. With the senator when he passed were his wife Cindy and their family. At his death, he had served the United States of America faithfully for sixty years.”
The U.S. senator had been suffering from glioblastoma, an aggressive brain cancer, discovered by his doctors in July 2017. He had not been on Capitol Hill yet in 2018.Carlos Barria/Reuters
McCain’s passing follows his lifetime of service to the United States, having first served as a naval aviator. He was shot down in Vietnam only to spend the next five and a half years as a prisoner of war.
He unsuccessfully ran for president twice, once losing the Republican nomination to former President George W. Bush in 2000 and then losing the general election to former President Barack Obama in 2008. Despite those losses, he continued to serve the people of Arizona as a U.S. senator for over three decades.
According to reports, McCain did not wish for President Trump to attend his funeral, which the senator helped planned prior to his passing.