US President Trump has honored the late US Senator John McCain and his services in an official statement.
Trump respects “McCain’s service to our country,” it said in a message sent by the White House.
In a posthumously published farewell message McCain sets himself apart from the policies of Trump.
After massive public pressure, US President Donald Trump has honored the late US Senator John McCain and his services in an official statement. Despite political differences, he respected “McCain’s service to our country,” it said in a message sent by the White House.
In addition, the US president ordered the US government flag to be half-masted until the burial of his party rival this Sunday. In addition, at the commemoration ceremony for McCain Trump’s chief of staff John Kelly, Secretary of Defense James Mattis and security adviser John Bolton represent the US government. As the New York Times reported, McCain said before he died that he did not want Trump to attend his funeral.
According to the Washington Post, Trump’s spokeswoman Sarah Sanders and chief of staff Kelly pleaded for an official tribute. The US president, however, preferred to publish a concise, impersonal message on Twitter. In it, he expressed his sympathy to McCain’s family. The US President did not find worthy words.
McCain’s relationship with Trump was heavily burdened. During the American presidential campaign, Trump had mocked the Vietnam veteran, who spent more than five years in captivity and was tortured. For him McCain is “not a hero,” said Trump. “I like people who were not caught, okay?”
Devastating criticism of Trump’s meeting with Putin
Just a few weeks before his death McCain left a statement with scathing criticism of Trump’s meeting with Kremlin leader Vladimir Putin. He called the press conference in Helsinki “one of the most shameful performances of an American president since time immemorial”.
Even in a posthumously published farewell message, the Republican distinguished himself from the policies of Trump. The US is weakening, “if we hide behind walls instead of tearing them down.” In the letter his former campaign manager Rick Davis read, McCain called on Americans to overcome the deep political split. “We weaken our grandeur when we confuse patriotism with tribal rivalries.” An irreconcilable political hostility has nourished “resentment and hatred and violence in every corner of the world”.
McCain had died of a brain tumor on his ranch in Arizona at the age of 81 on Saturday. He had been elected to the US Senate six times as Arizona’s representative. In 2000, he tried for the first time as a presidential candidate, in 2008 a second time and was a candidate of his party, but then defeated Barack Obama.