Donald Trump's Tribute To John McCain Called Out By Fox News Analyst

Elias Hubbard
August 27, 2018

John McCain, are back at full-staff.

The Associated Press reported that former Col. Tran Trong Duyet, who ran the "Hanoi Hilton" during the Vietnam War, told the official Vietnam News Agency that he met with McCain on multiple occasions during his imprisonment. He did not praise the man.

As tributes poured in from the USA and overseas, Trump said simply that he sent his "deepest sympathies and respect" to the McCain family.

"Our hearts and prayers are with you!"

One of McCain's long-serving Senate colleagues, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said Sunday, "The nation mourns the loss of a great American patriot, a statesman who put his country first and enriched this institution through many years of service". Trump later acknowledged that McCain was a hero, but refused to apologize in subsequent interviews.

Trump, who received serial deferments and did not serve in the military, said that McCain was "a war hero (only) because he was captured", adding: "I like people that weren't captured". "A soldier's courage during war, a legislator's courage to cross the aisle, a husband and father's courage to the last", Markey said.

McCain visited Vietnam several times after diplomatic ties were restored in 1995 and one of his jailers remembered him fondly, saying he would have voted for him in his failed 2008 presidential bid. But as the President spent Sunday at his Virginia golf course, the statement never went out, the source said.

The late senator has also reportedly requested that President Obama and President George W. Bush deliver eulogies at the funeral.

The son and grandson of Navy admirals, McCain was a former Navy pilot. Jeff Flake, lamented on CNN how hard it would be to go on without McCain.

"He was a huge institutionalist and loved the Senate because the Senate forces individuals and parties to come together and he wasn't seeing that", Flake said.

The Philippines lost a true friend and champion with the death of US Sen. As McCain underwent treatment for brain cancer in recent months, Ducey avoided the topic out of respect for the family.

In a statement on Friday, Mr McCain's family said he had "surpassed expectations for his survival", but the progress of the cancer and his age "render their verdict". He continued to issue statements and tweets, published a valedictory book and took part in an HBO documentary that some likened to starring in his own obituary.

Ahead of the national ceremonies, McCain will lie in state at the Arizona State Capitol Rotunda on Wednesday and a memorial service will take place at the North Phoenix Baptist Church.

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