Doan to serve as pallbearer at McCain's memorial service

Hannah Rogers
August 31, 2018

Fitzgerald, who was a personal friend of McCain's, said he was the "authentic American hero".

"The disease that took John's life - that took our friend Ted Kennedy's life - that took my son Beau's life - is brutal, relentless, unforgiving", Biden said.

McCain's wife of 38 years walked up to the flag-draped casket holding her husband's body Wednesday at the Arizona Capitol and patted it, then leaned over and kissed it, according to NBC news. McCain died last Saturday of brain cancer at age 81.

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Former Vice President Joe Biden wipes a tear while giving a tribute during the memorial service for Senator John McCain at North Phoenix Baptist Church, Phoenix, August 30, 2018.

Graham said he wants to function as a "bridge" between the Bush and McCain worlds and the Trump world. Later that day, he signed a proclamation to keep the flag at half staff until McCain's burial. The church's senior pastor Noe Garcia pronounced McCain "a true American hero". Trump's only immediate public comment on the six-term Republican senator and former GOP presidential nominee was a brief tweet hours after the death sending condolences to his family.

McCain's body will lie in state in the Capitol Rotunda - an honor reserved for just 13 senators in history.

However, President Trump, with whom McCain frequently found himself at political odds, will be conspicuously absent as the former naval aviator and Vietnam War prisoner in the ceremonies leading up to a private interment at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md.

Former US Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a memorial service to celebrate the life of of US Sen. John McCain at a church service in Phoenix on Thursday. They were both "cock-eyed optimists", Biden said, and he would trust John with his life. And he spoke directly to McCain's widow, Cindy McCain, seated in the front row: "You were his ballast".

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In 2015, not long after Trump kicked off his presidential campaign, McCain condemned his hard-line rhetoric on illegal immigration, accusing Trump of "firing up the crazies". John McCain, R-Ariz., greets Sen.

The Marines veteran said he was also the fourth person in line Wednesday to attend the viewing at the Capitol for the Navy pilot held prisoner by the North Vietnamese for 5½ years after being shot down over Hanoi.

Trump defended his handling of McCain's death in a Thursday interview with Bloomberg.

"I sat in his cell", Fitzgerald said, imagining the "ordeal that my friend survived [which] became all the more real".

Asked if he had bungled his response to the death of McCain, with whom he'd clashed throughout his presidency, Trump replied, "No, I don't think I did at all".

"Maybe I'll give you that answer some day later", he said.

The memorial was laced with humor and featured a racially and ethnically diverse roster of speakers and other participants.

About 3,500 people packed the Phoenix church for the service.

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