Senator John McCain is still alive, but apparently, the 81-year-old is already making funeral arrangements as he continues to fight his brain cancer. And, according to a new report, those arrangements don't include President Donald Trump.
John's team has informed the White House of the "current plan" for the funeral, The New York Times reported on Saturday, May, 5. The service will be held at the National Cathedral in Washington, DC, for example, and John reportedly wants Vice President Mike Pence to attend instead of Trump.
That news sent shockwaves through Washington and the rest of the US. "This is a real moment for the country, where an American hero — somebody who is beloved in many, many ways — is saying, 'I don't want this guy at my funeral,'" CNN's Jake Tapper said on the May 6 episode of State of the Union.
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The New York Times characterizes McCain and Trump's relationship as "rocky," which may be an understatement. In 2015, Donald said John is "not a war hero," because he was captured as a prisoner during the Vietnam War. And this February, the POTUS attacked McCain again over the senator's decision to vote against the Republicans' Affordable Care Act repeal. "Everyone said, 'What happened? What was that all about?'" Trump said. "Boy, oh, boy... What a mess."
And McCain has choice words for Trump, too, according to excerpts from his forthcoming book, The Restless Wave. "He seems uninterested in the moral character of world leaders and their regimes," John wrote of the President, per the Times. "The appearance of toughness or a reality show facsimile of toughness seems to matter more than any of our values. Flattery secures his friendship, criticism his enmity."
Granted, Trump might not have planned to attend McCain's eventual funeral anyway. He opted out of former First Lady Barbara Bush's funeral last month, after all, claiming he wanted "to avoid disruptions due to added security." Former Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama all attended that service, though — as did Barbara's husband, former President George H. W. Bush, of course — despite any security concerns.
McCain was diagnosed with brain cancer in July, and he underwent surgery in April after suffering an intestinal infection. "Thank you all again for your prayers, patience, understanding and compassion, during this time," daughter Meghan McCain tweeted on May 4. "It means the world to me and my entire family."