Published: Tue, August 28, 2018
Worldwide | By Sean Reid

Senator John McCain Dead At 81

Senator John McCain Dead At 81

Add John McCain as an interest to stay up to date on the latest John McCain news, video, and analysis from ABC News. If only we remember that and give each other the benefit of the presumption that we all love our country we will get through these challenging times. But I would not trade a day of my life, in good or bad times, for the best day of anyone else's'.

'Like most people, I have regrets.

The absence of a formal White House statement has underscored Trump's isolation in a city where McCain's death otherwise has been a rare occasion for bipartisan praise for his lifetime in public service. His work also appears in Mic, Salon, Care2, Huffington Post and other publications.

Trump will not attend McCain's memorial services in D.C. but said that he has "asked Vice President Mike Pence to offer an address at the ceremony honoring Senator McCain at the United States Capitol this Friday".

Trump feuded with McCain and has refused to talk about him since his death on Saturday.

McCain reportedly requested that former presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush deliver eulogies at his funeral, while Trump was not invited.

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Pham Gia Minh, a 62-year-old businessman who signed the condolence book at the embassy, said he witnessed Vietnamese civilians being killed by the U.S bombings of North Vietnam, including on Christmas in Hanoi in 1972, but he admired McCain for overcoming the hard past to build better ties between the two countries.

The Vietnam News Agency said Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc sent a message of condolence to McCain's family and U.S. Senate leaders, while Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh paid respects to McCain at the embassy.

But his perfunctory response to his death attracted particular ire on social media and was in stark contrast to the traditional gracious statements issued by presidents on the death of notable Americans.

Over the weekend, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, R, ordered the Maryland state flag to be lowered to half-staff in honor of McCain until his burial on Sunday. "But we shared, for all our differences, a fidelity to something higher - the ideals for which generations of Americans and immigrants alike have fought, marched, and sacrificed". This is not an argument for or against John McCain's legacy as a "war hero", his impact as a politician who voted to stop the Obamacare repeal and against MLK Day and same-sex marriage, or about him saying "No, ma'am".

Before the flag was lowered again, the American Legion issued a statement urging the president to do so in keeping with "long-established protocol".

'We weaken our greatness when we confuse our patriotism with tribal rivalries that have sown resentment and hatred and violence in all the corners of the globe, ' McCain's statement read.

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