DoD Mourns Death of Senator John S. McCain

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The deceased on the night of 26 August, Senator John McCain has had a long and winding life albeit - but one of the key episodes in his life was participation in the Vietnam war and its capture by the Vietnamese military.

Five-term Senator John McCain died on Saturday after a year-long battle with a brain cancer, he was 81.

Alex Wong/Getty ImagesPresident Trump and John McCain had feuded for years, and Trump was reportedly not invited to McCain's funeral. "Our hearts and prayers are with you!" he tweeted instead. French President Emmanuel Macron tweeted in English that McCain "was a true American hero".

McCain has requested that two of his former White House rivals - George W. Bush and Barack Obama - speak at his funeral, a move that the junior Republican senator from Arizona, Jeff Flake, described as a mark of his colleague's integrity.

Even after going back home for treatment of his cancer, McCain continued to sternly criticize Mr. Trump, especially over foreign policy matters and the President's dealings with Russian leader Vladimir Putin.

"We have lost a man who steadfastly represented the best ideals of our country", Defense Secretary James N. Mattis said in a DoD release. He was held as a prisoner of war for nearly 5 ½ years, enduring brutal torture and refusing to be released before his fellow prisoners.

On the Sunday morning news shows, those who knew McCain hailed the Arizona Republican as a principled and independent voice that will be sorely missed at a time of bitter division in Washington.

Bush and Obama had been McCain's political opponents, too, blocking his White House ambitions in 2000 and 2008, respectively.

A private burial service next Sunday will conclude almost a week of events honoring the Navy aviator, prisoner of war, congressman, longtime senator and presidential contender. Shattering his leg and both arms during his ejection from the fighter plane, McCain was captured by the North Vietnamese and spent 5 1/2 years as a prisoner of war. "McCain or at his family or his team", she said, adding that they were "in reference to the media" and its "hope for a narrative that would hinder the momentum of our campaign".

"I didn't agree with him all the time", said Michelle Hasnelle of Phoenix "(but) he was always for the people of Arizona - he was one of us".

Arizona Republicans are skeptical Ducey would pick McCain's widow, in part because of questions about whether she would want to seek the nomination in 2020, but also because it could anger the pro-Trump voters that the governor will need to win in November.

"We honor his lifetime of service to this nation in our military and in public life", the Vice President tweeted soon after McCain's death was announced. He understood the greatness of America, fought tirelessly for our values and put forth decades of admirable service to this nation.

A graduate of the US Naval Academy, McCain followed his father and grandfather, both four-star admirals, into the Navy, where he served as a bomber pilot in the Vietnam War. "We send our condolences to the McCain family and the constituents he proudly served in Arizona for 33 years".

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