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John McCain funeral: Latest updates

John McCain funeral: Latest updates

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the late Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. (all occasions native):

11:50 a.m.

Former President Barack Obama has paid tribute to his one-time political rival, delivering a eulogy for the late Arizona Sen. John McCain at Washington Nationwide Cathedral.

Obama stated: “We come to celebrate an extraordinary man, a warrior, a statesman, a patriot who embodied so much that is best in America.”

Obama spoke after former President George W. Bush, one other former McCain opponent. Obama stated of McCain, “He made us better presidents.”

The previous president famous McCain was a conservative lawmaker, however stated “he did understand that some principles transcend politics, that some values transcend party.”

Obama praised McCain for opposing “bending the truth to suit political expediency or party orthodoxy” and as a proponent of a “free and independent press.”

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11:45 a.m.

Former President George W. Bush has hailed John McCain’s “combination of courage and decency” in a eulogy that touched on the state of the nation’s politics beneath President Donald Trump.

Bush, who defeated McCain within the 2000 Republican main, says McCain “detested the abuse of power.”

He provides that, “To the face of those in authority, John McCain would insist that we are better than this, America is better than this.”

Bush says the Arizona senator’s absence is tangible, “like the silence after a mighty roar.” Noting McCain’s time as a prisoner of conflict, Bush says McCain “loved freedom with the passion of a man who knew its absence.”

Former President Barack Obama, who ran towards McCain in 2008, is eulogizing McCain subsequent. McCain’s household didn’t invite Trump.

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11:40 a.m.

President Donald Trump is spending time at his Virginia golf course whereas the nation’s political elite are gathered at Sen. John McCain’s memorial service.

Trump arrived at Trump Nationwide Golf Membership in Sterling shortly after 11 a.m. Saturday. He despatched out a collection of tweets all through the morning, however didn’t point out McCain.

The president, who had lengthy feuded with McCain, was not invited to the service at Washington Nationwide Cathedral.

Key members of Trump’s administration have been in attendance, together with his daughter Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner.

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10:40 a.m.

Meghan McCain eulogized her father’s dying as “the passing of American greatness,” directing her message squarely at President Donald Trump and inspiring others to stay as much as her father’s instance.

Her tearful, impassioned tribute opened the memorial service for John McCain at Washington Nationwide Cathedral. It set a tone echoing her father’s personal ardour.

She stated they “gather here to mourn the passing of American greatness — the real thing, not cheap rhetoric from men who will never come near the sacrifice he gave so willingly, nor the opportunistic appropriation of those who lived lives of comfort and privilege while he suffered and served.”

She stated to applause, “The America of John McCain has no need to be made great again because America was always great.”

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10:15 a.m.

Among the many present and overseas leaders and officers on the visitor listing for John McCain’s memorial service are a few dozen from former Soviet states, notably Ukraine and Georgia.

Each nations have excessive regard for the late Arizona senator who supported their efforts in recent times to face as much as Russian aggression.

On the record offered by funeral organizers are the present president of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko (por-oh-SHEHN’-koh), and the previous president of Georgia, Mikhail Saakashvili (sah-kahsh-VIH’-leh).

The record additionally consists of present and former leaders from the three Baltic states — former Soviet republics that at the moment are members of NATO.

As certainly one of his pallbearers McCain selected a Russian opposition determine, Vladimir Kara-Murza, who like McCain is a pointy critic of the Kremlin.

Kara-Murza has been poisoned twice in recent times, and he’s expressed his gratitude to McCain for calling consideration to his case.

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9:58 a.m.

President Donald Trump is tweeting out a collection of long-standing grievances as an elite political crowd gathers for Sen. John McCain’s memorial service.

Trump wasn’t invited to the service at Washington Nationwide Cathedral, the place former Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama shall be amongst these paying tribute.

From the White Home, Trump has been tweeting complaints concerning the information media, Canada and the Justice Division. Lots of Trump’s tweets included quotes, probably from the information protection he had been watching.

Simply earlier than McCain’s service was set to start out, Trump tweeted concerning the “Pretend File, attributing a quote to Dan Bongino, who regularly seems on Fox Information.

The president’s daughter, Ivanka Trump, and her husband Jared Kushner, each senior White Home aides, are in attendance on the cathedral, as are quite a lot of members of the administration.

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9:50 a.m.

Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump are among the many visitors at John McCain’s memorial service on the Washington Nationwide Cathedral.

The daughter and son-in-law of President Donald Trump are among the many highest-ranking White Home officers attending the service. McCain’s household has made it clear that the president, who routinely criticized the Arizona senator and his army document, wasn’t invited to this or different providers this week.

Kushner and Ivanka Trump might be seen greeting different visitors contained in the cathedral, together with McCain’s shut pal, South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham.

Graham has referred to as Trump’s dealing with of the occasions round McCain’s demise “disturbing.”

The administration had lowered the American flag on the White Home to half-staff upon McCain’s demise Saturday, however then raised it by Monday. After public outcry, the White Home flags have been once more lowered.

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9:26 a.m.

John McCain’s casket has arrived at Washington Nationwide Cathedral for a memorial service the place two former presidents — George W. Bush and Barack Obama — are among the many scheduled audio system.

Saturday’s service is the final occasion in Washington for the late Arizona senator. He’ll be buried Sunday at his alma mater, the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.

McCain who died of mind most cancers on Aug. 25 at age 81.

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9:03 a.m.

John McCain’s procession has made a cease on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on the best way to his service at Washington Nationwide Cathedral, and his spouse, Cindy, has positioned a wreath on the memorial.

She was accompanied by Protection Secretary Jim Mattis and John Kelly, a retired Marine Corps common who’s President Donald Trump’s chief of employees.

John McCain was a adorned veteran who was held for greater than 5 years as a prisoner of struggle in Vietnam. He refused early launch.

On the cathedral, two former presidents, a pre-eminent diplomat and a former Senate colleague are among the many audio system on the schedule.

Saturday’s service is the final for McCain in Washington. He’ll be buried Sunday at his alma mater, the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.

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eight:50 a.m.

Mourners are arriving at Washington Nationwide Cathedral for a memorial service for the late Sen. John McCain.

The invitation-only crowd started lining as much as enter greater than two hours earlier than the formal funeral for the six-term senator, and commenced taking their seats underneath the constructing’s hovering arches and stained glass home windows.

Music performed as the gang filed in.

McCain requested former Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush to talk on the service to spotlight the bridge-building that McCain espoused.

Obama and Bush defeated McCain’s bids for the nation’s highest workplace.

McCain died Aug. 25 at age 81.

Saturday’s service is the final for McCain in Washington. He’ll be buried Sunday at his alma mater, the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.

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eight:40 a.m.

John McCain’s procession has left the U.S. Capitol and is making its option to Washington Nationwide Cathedral, the place former Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama are among the many audio system who can pay tribute to the late Arizona senator.

McCain’s casket had remained in a single day within the Capitol rotunda, the place hundreds of mourners had filed previous on the day earlier than to say goodbye as McCain lay in state.

McCain’s procession will come close to the White Home because it travels from the Capitol to the cathedral. It is going to cross the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the place McCain’s spouse, Cindy, plans to put a wreath.

McCain is a adorned veteran who was held for greater than 5 years as a prisoner of struggle in Vietnam.

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7:55 a.m.

It’s an fascinating record of pallbearers who’re set to serve at John McCain’s memorial service at Washington Nationwide Cathedral.

It consists of actor Warren Beatty and a Russian dissident, Vladimir Kara-Murza. There’s additionally former Vice President Joe Biden, former New York Metropolis Mayor Michael Bloomberg, FedEx founder Fred Smith and billionaire investor Ronald Perelman.

A number of present and former senators are also on faucet as pallbearers for the Arizona Republican who died of mind most cancers on Aug. 25 at age 81.

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7:25 a.m.

Two former presidents, a pre-eminent diplomat and a former Senate colleague are among the many audio system on the schedule for Saturday’s memorial service for John McCain at Washington Nationwide Cathedral.

Tributes to the late Republican senator from Arizona will come from ex-Presidents Barack Obama, a Democrat who defeated McCain within the 2008 White Home race, and George W. Bush, who gained the 2000 GOP nomination over McCain.

Additionally on the audio system’ listing are former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, former Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman and daughter Meghan McCain.

McCain died of mind most cancers on Aug. 25 at age 81.

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12:35 a.m.

John McCain is about to obtain a ultimate presidential farewell, however simply not from the present president.

On the late senator’s request, former Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush shall be among the many audio system a service Saturday at Washington Nationwide Cathedral.

President Donald Trump was informed to keep away from all occasions throughout McCain’s five-day, cross-country funeral procession.

Earlier than McCain’s procession arrives on the cathedral, it should cross the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the place McCain’s spouse, Cindy, is predicted to put a wreath. McCain was a prisoner of struggle in Vietnam.

The Arizona senator is to be buried Sunday in a personal ceremony at his alma mater, the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.

He died of mind most cancers on Aug. 25 at age 81.

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