McCain tributes echo with criticism of Trump

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Former US presidents, Barack Obama and George W. Bush, led mourners on Saturday in a service for the late senator John McCain at Washington's National Cathedral.

It is unknown if Kushner and Ivanka Trump received invites to the ceremony, but Refinery29 has reached out to Meghan McCain, who gave a eulogy for her father at today's service, for comment. "The real thing, not cheap rhetoric from men who will never come near the sacrifice he gave so willingly", Meghan McCain, one of the late senator's daughters, said in her remarks.

The almost three-hour service at the Washington National Cathedral was a remarkable show of defiance against a president McCain openly defied in life as the antithesis of the American spirit of service to something greater than any individual.

Trump had spent parts of the morning before McCain's funeral tweeting his anger about the investigation into his campaign's ties with Russian Federation during the 2016 election and highlighting quotes from a mutual critic of the FBI and Justice Department.

President Donald Trump will not play any part in John McCain's farewell to the United States.

Mr McCain was a decorated veteran who was held for more than five years as a prisoner of war in Vietnam where he refused early release.

"John called us on to be bigger than that".

The co-host of "The View" on ABC said the late senator had told her before his death that her eulogy for him should demonstrate her own strength, and she delivered on that.

"It's a politics that pretends to be fearless and tough but in fact is born in fear".

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President Donald Trump stuck to his Saturday routine - heading to the golf course - as political dignitaries gathered at Washington National Cathedral. "He died August 25 at age 81. joke, served up with his signature cackle and that John McCain glint in his eye".

"The America of John McCain is generous and welcoming and bold", she said.

Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger: "The world will be lonelier without John McCain".

Former Sen. Joe Lieberman, a Democrat-turned-Independent, recalled his friendship with McCain and spoke at length about how McCain had wanted to name him as a running mate during his 2008 presidential campaign.

But it took a daughter to capture the measure of the man - to remember him as the "fierce conscience of the nation's best self" and to thrust the rhetorical dagger that was the culmination of a uniquely political week of mourning.

"He made us better presidents", Obama said of McCain, and noted that the conservative lawmaker, understood that "some principles transcend politics, that some values transcend party". "He called on us to be better than that".

Bush described McCain as a man with a code.

Obama said, "President Bush and I are among the fortunate few who competed against John at the highest levels of politics".

Biden made the trip back east to attend Saturday's service, where he served amongst a distinguished contingent of pallbearers. They have been volunteering with the National Park Service for decades and try to help veterans who may be suffering from post-traumatic stress to overcome their fears when they visit the wall. Ms Obama can be seen mouthing "thank you" in the short clip. John McCain's widow, Cindy, was quickly surrounded by messages honoring the senator and former prisoner of war.