Published: Tue, September 04, 2018
Health Care | By Oscar Goodwin

Memorial tributes to John McCain

Memorial tributes to John McCain

Meghan McCain appeared to be shooting "daggers" at US Vice President Mike Pence as he spoke at her late father's funeral on Friday.

While several social media users suggested that Meghan McCain was glaring mainly because Pence mentioned Trump in his speech, Washington Post columnist Jennifer Rubin went into further detail, writing that the senator's daughter might have been specifically reacting to Pence being a "spineless" representative of the president, who has yet to publicly condemn his controversial statements and actions.

"Let me say to all those gathered and his beloved family, on behalf of a grateful nation, we will ever remember that John McCain served his country, and John McCain served his country honorably", Pence said.

He added, "As President Trump said yesterday, we respect his service to the country".

"The president asked me to be here on behalf of a grateful nation", Pence said.

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Over the years, Trump, who did not serve in the military, has demeaned McCain's status as a former prisoner of war, implied he gave up information to his captors and mocked injuries he sustained as a prisoner.

"In my years in Congress and as vice president, we didn't always agree either, and he nearly always noticed", Pence said, The New York Times reported.

The day before, in Phoenix, McCain was eulogized as a "true American hero" at a crowded church service for the maverick politician that ended with the playing of Frank Sinatra's "My Way".

Besides Pence, counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway was also in attendance at Friday's ceremony. John McCain in the Capitol Rotunda.

"He came from a long line of service in uniform", Pence said of the Arizona Republican.

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Others who spoke at the service in Washington, D.C. included Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis).

Notably absent, however, was Trump himself, who feuded fiercely and frequently with McCain over the last three years. Air Force Two was seen landing at the Burlington International Airport around 1:30 p.m.

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"After the dinner, John, who was more than 20 years older than me, walked up, put his hand on my shoulder and said, 'Mike, we have a few more meetings tonight".

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