Preparations for Senator McCain underway at the State Capitol

Preparations for Senator McCain underway at the State Capitol

Preparations for Senator McCain underway at the State Capitol

Flags flying a half-staff in honor of Sen.

Trump reportedly instead told aides he would issue his own statement, which critics noted did not contain a personal message about McCain, who died Saturday at the age of 81.

The senator asked that he be buried at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, near the grave of a long time friend, something he told Lesley Stahl on "60 Minutes" in September 2017.

"The nation mourns the loss of a great American patriot, a statesman who put his country first and enriched this institution through many years of service", said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

"He was a war hero because he was captured", said Trump, then a Republican presidential candidate.

The honors for McCain will begin Wednesday at the Arizona State Capitol in Phoenix; after a church service on Thursday, McCain's body will be flown to Joint Base Andrews outside of Washington, D.C. The US president's tweet following McCain's death on Saturday, in which he did not offer many kind words for the Republican maverick.

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

Friday morning, lawmakers will gather in the Rotunda to salute McCain; a funeral service will be held Saturday at Washington's National Cathedral. Trump has Tweeted his "deepest sympathies and respect" to McCain's family.

McCain's funeral will include eulogies from former US Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush.

"This is a rare and distinct occurrence for a truly special man", said Arizona Governor Doug Ducey, adding: "John McCain is Arizona".

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Some of Trump's supporters, for their part, savaged McCain on social media, calling him a spiteful person who had betrayed his own party and blackballed the president as his dying wish.

McCain reportedly spent the previous year of his life planning his own funeral, CNN reported Saturday night.

Lawmakers and residents in western CT paused to remember Arizona Sen.

After Trump became president, McCain blasted what he called the president's attempts to undermine the free press and rule of law and lamented the "half-baked, spurious nationalism" of the Trump era.

The Arizona Republican remained best friends with Adm.

"I'd like, decades from now, little children to ask their parents, 'Who was John McCain?' " Schumer said. John McCain, R-Ariz., frame the U.S. Capital at daybreak in Washington, Sunday, Aug. 26, 2018.

"As a Naval Officer and defiant prisoner of war, John McCain stood with his brothers-in-arms until they returned home together", Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis said in a statement, referring to McCain's refusal of early release by his North Vietnamese captors.

McCain chaired the Senate Armed Services Committee, but it was his life of service and his heroism in Vietnam that inscribed his name in the hearts of service members everywhere. Meghan McCain fired back in a tweet that Trump's attacks on her father "never stops being gross".

In a video posted online by ABC News, Schumer said he is introducing the legislation so that McCain will be remembered for generations to come.The New York Democrat also appeared to make a nod to McCain's memorable thumbs-down vote past year against a partial repeal of the Affordable Care Act.

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