Obama, Meghan McCain rebuke absent Trump in tribute to fallen senator

Sep 02, 2018, 17:32
Obama, Meghan McCain rebuke absent Trump in tribute to fallen senator

John McCain's daughter and two former presidents led a public rebuke of President Donald Trump's divisive politics at the late senator's memorial service Saturday in a call for a return to civility among the nation's leaders.

Drawing a further contrast between her father and the current President, McCain said, "We live in an era where we knock down old American heroes for all their imperfections when no leader wants to admit to fault or failure".

She said: "My father was a great man".

To applause, she continued: "The America of John McCain has no need to be made great again because America was always great". He always took great pride in being principled and fair, right up until the very end'. Other notable attendees included President Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton, Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, and former Secretary of State Madeline Albright. But even as their remarks made clear their admiration for him, they represented a repudiation of U.S. President Donald Trump's brand of tough-talking, divisive politics.

McCain is to be buried Sunday at his alma mater, the U.S. Naval Academy, next to his best friend from the Class of 1958, Adm.

While mourners attended McCain's memorial service, the president was playing golf at the Trump National Golf Club in Loudoun County, Va. "It's a politics that pretends to be courageous, but in fact is born of fear". But at a service McCain created to break down rivalries and encouraged civility, Clinton and Cheney, two of their parties' sharpest partisans, drew stares.

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The service was the last public event in Washington, where McCain lived and worked over four decades, and part of McCain's five-day, cross-country funeral procession.

McCain died surrounded by family at his home on August 25, aged 81, after battling brain cancer.

And while Trump's name was not mentioned during the ceremony, McCain's daughter drew a clear and damning distinction between her father and Trump's combative politics.

Former Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush were among those paying tribute during the 2 1/2-hour funeral service, offering touching - and sometimes humorous - personal anecdotes about their time spent with McCain.

Obama also noted McCain's support for a free press. He made us better presidents, just as he made the Senate better, just as he made this country better.

He had been routinely criticised over his military record by the USA president, who spent some time ahead of the service tweeting out a series of long-standing grievances about the news media, Canada and the Justice Department.

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Members of the military slowly carried McCain's coffin into the cathedral, past friends and loved ones who have counted among the top power players in U.S. politics for decades.

Seated in the pews were three former presidents, a host of lawmakers, and top officials from around the world.

"I think anyone that has served knows senator McCain's service and what he went through and his life of service".

After his death, Bush called McCain "a man of deep conviction and a patriot of the highest order".

Stevie Wonder was just one of several speakers in Detroit who, directly or indirectly, took verbal shots at Trump. "You could disagree on substance", Biden said. "But we enjoyed the time we shared away from the bright lights and we laughed with each other and we learned from each other and we never doubted the other man's sincerity or the other's patriotism - or that when all was said and done, we were on the same team".

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