Speakers at McCain burial take swipes at absent Trump

Speakers at McCain burial take swipes at absent Trump

Speakers at McCain burial take swipes at absent Trump

Among those speaking at the private memorial service include McCain's closest friend in the Senate, Sen. John McCain arrived at the U.S. Naval Academy for burial on Sunday, winding up a week of tributes to the war hero and GOP presidential nominee who died August 25 at age 81.

A service held at the National Cathedral Saturday featured eulogies from McCain's daughter Meghan and former Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush.

McCain was a prisoner of war during the Vietnam War and spent more than five years as a POW in Hanoi.

"He was a great man", she said.

McCain's office said attendees and speakers were to include family, friends, Naval Academy Class of 1958 peers, and military leaders. But even as their remarks made clear their admiration for him, they represented a repudiation of President Trump's brand of tough-talking, divisive politics.

"John's voice will always come as a whisper over our shoulder - we are better than this, America is better than this", he said.

It was the last public event in Washington, where Mr McCain lived and worked over four decades, and part of Mr McCain's five-day, cross-country funeral procession. John McCain dearest friends on Sunday praised daughter Meghan McCain's fiery eulogy that took swipes at President Trump. Trump's daughter Ivanka and her husband Jared Kushner also attended, one day after the USA government, under a policy Kushner oversees, cut off all funding for Palestinian refugees on the West Bank and Gaza.

Graham said before the service that he wanted to talk about how "nobody loved a soldier more than John McCain, that I bear witness to his commitment to have their back, travel where they go, never let them be forgotten", according to the news service.

Bush and Obama were among hundreds of family, friends, former congressional colleagues and staff members who gathered at the cathedral and sat before McCain's flag-draped coffin.

President Trump on Saturday took to Twitter and posted a brief all-caps tweet after Meghan McCain said during her father's memorial service that "America was always great". As with Hillary Clinton's costly "basket of deplorables" gaffe during the 2016 campaign, Donald Trump's critics may find it wiser to attack Trump himself rather than the deeply-held sentiments of those who support his core promise to restore America's greatness.

But for Sen. John McCain and Adm. "Washington Mourned John McCain. I'll shed a tear and yet I'll thank God that I knew a man like John McCain so well".

More is involved here than just the usual glorification of American imperialist barbarism around the world, carried to such a demented extreme that black is white, and the military force that has killed more innocent people than any since Nazi Germany is declared "an unrivaled power for good".

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