Donald Trump Stands By His Controversial Response to John McCain's Death

Mark Wilson  Getty Images FILE

Mark Wilson Getty Images FILE

With family, friends, scores of former aides and 1,000 average Arizonans in the audience, McCain was eulogized by figures of all political persuasions from former Vice President Joe Biden, to his former chief of staff and potential successor Grant Woods to Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan each will speak about him, and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer will participate in a wreath-laying.

Trump faced a bipartisan outcry for his response to McCain's death.

The service brought to a close two days of mourning for the US senator and 2008 GOP presidential nominee in his home state.

Cindy McCain, center, the wife of Sen.

McCain's career in elected office spanned 35 years, from his first election to the House of Representatives in 1982 to his three decades serving in the U.S. Senate.

On Friday just before 11:00 am (1500 GMT), his coffin will be escorted into the Rotunda and placed on a wooden platform known as a catafalque, first used in 1865 to bear the casket of assassinated president Abraham Lincoln.

The service at the North Baptist Church in Phoenix was held for the statesman, former prisoner of war and 2008 presidential candidate after his body was driven in a motorcade from the state capital. "I have made mistakes, but I hope my love for America will be weighed favorably against them", he wrote.

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The tribute is a nod to Franklin's funky '80s tune, Freeway of Love , which prominently featured the auto in the lyrics and video. A pink Cadillac, as referenced in her song, " Freeway of Love ", was on display outside the museum in tribute.

Traditionally, sitting American presidents "serve as a source of solace and comfort" for the country at times of loss and tragedy, said Princeton University historian Julian Zelizer.

Mr McCain specifically instructed that Mr Trump not be invited to his funeral.

McCain clashed openly with Trump, who mocked McCain for getting captured during the Vietnam War. After the American Legion wrote a letter to the president imploring him to recognize McCain, Trump relented.

Trump is not scheduled to attend the funeral services.

In an interview with Bloomberg, Trump was confident he honored McCain appropriately, days after the White House flag was lowered to half-staff, raised to full-staff, then lowered again in what was perhaps the most telling sign of strained relations between the two.

Biden ended his tribute by reflecting on McCain's impact.

More broadly, Zelizer noted that many Republicans, including some in Arizona, had grown frustrated with McCain's moderate stances on some issues, reflecting the changing nature of the Republican Party that Trump has seized upon. We'd talk about worldwide relations.

Former Presidents Obama and George W. Bush will both make speeches at this event. Biden said their close personal bond abided even when the senator from DE was chosen as the running mate for McCain's Democratic rival in the 2008 presidential race, Barack Obama, who defeated McCain. Proudest years of my life were being a United States senator.

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