Published: Tue, August 28, 2018
Medical | By Vernon Walton

White House drafted a statement on John McCain, but never released it

White House drafted a statement on John McCain, but never released it

The 81-year-old Senator John McCain who died on Saturday after a long illness left a statement to be read by Rick Davis, his former presidential campaign manager.

After McCain retired from the Navy in 1981, he served in the U.S. House of Representatives for four years and then was elected to the United States Senate in 1987. A funeral will be conducted Thursday at North Phoenix Baptist Church with former Vice President Joe Biden speaking.

Following the service, McCain will lie in state for the remainder of the day and the public will be invited to view his casket. On Saturday, a procession will pass the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and arrive for a funeral at Washington National Cathedral. Former Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush are expected to speak at the service. His grave site will overlook the Severn River, and will be next his best friend from his Naval Academy days, Admiral Chuck Larson.

FILE - In this October 11, 2008, file photo, Republican presidential candidate Sen. McCain was in the public eye for decades, and as such, most Americans were familiar with and had opinions of the Senator. He had battled brain cancer. Ted Kennedy as well as South Carolina Republican U.S. Sen.

White House chief of staff John Kelly, Defense Secretary James Mattis and National Security Advisor John Bolton will represent the administration during services. "Honey and I send our prayers to Cindy and the entire McCain family". In war and peace, John McCain dedicated himself to service and sacrifice for our country.

After a day of ignoring shouted questions about McCain, Trump broke his silence during a gathering of evangelical leaders at the White House on Monday evening.

The Washington Post reported Sunday that Trump had rejected the advice of top aides who advocated for an official statement that gave the decorated Vietnam War POW plaudits for his military and Senate service and called him a "hero".

One of those longstanding friendships is with legendary actor and director Warren Beatty, who once spoke to The Atlantic a bit about his relationship with McCain.

Update 3:14pm CT, Aug. 14: On Monday afternoon, the president released a statement where he said he has signed a proclamation to fly the flag at half-staff until McCain's internment "despite our differences on policy and politics".

Ducey did not plan to announce his selection of a Senate successor to McCain until after McCain's burial. Under state law, the governor's appointee to serve until the next general election in 2020 must come from the same political party.

On 'Hannity, ' Republican lawmaker from SC says he wants to give John McCain the send-off he deserves.

Tributes poured in from around the globe.

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