Vietnamese praise John McCain for 'healing the wounds of war'

Hugh Fox
August 28, 2018

More than 30 people have been honored by lying in state in the Capitol Rotunda, and only two individuals have lied in the Arizona State Capitol Museum Rotunda: Arizona State Senator Marilyn Jarrett in 2006 and Olympic gold medalist Jesse Owens, a Tucson resident, in 1980, according to McCain's office.

McCain has been the Republican nominee for president, and was running against the Democratic candidate and eventual victor, Barack Obama.

President Donald Trump, who criticized McCain for being taken prisoner during the Vietnam War, said his "deepest sympathies and respect" went out to McCain's family.

All five living former presidents - Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush and Jimmy Carter - paid tribute to the courage and character of McCain who died of brain cancer on Saturday aged 81. Rather said. As a result, McCain "understood that to legislate you have to talk to people on the other side".

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According to McCain's family, "friends, congressional colleagues and staff, as well as USA and worldwide leaders, have been invited to attend and participate in the service".

"At that time I liked him personally for his toughness and strong stance", he said.

Earlier this summer, McCain issued a blistering statement criticising Trump's meeting with Russian president Vladimir Putin. John McCain will be granted the honor of lying in state in the Capitol Rotunda.

"He just had this wonderful ability to teach people, younger senators, first of all how to work together at home, but also how to work on the world stage", Klobuchar said of McCain. The White House lowered flags to half-staff on Sunday (Aug 26) in honour of Mr McCain. "Melania and I send our thoughts and prayers to Senator McCain, Cindy, and their entire family".

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Trump and McCain were at odds until the end. It was the same prison where McCain, while a captured U.S. Navy pilot, chose to remain, even through years of bodily torture, rather than abandon fellow American POWs.

McCain's family is reported to have said they do not want President Trump to attend.

"These occasions are either authorized by a congressional resolution or approved by the congressional leadership, when permission is granted by survivors", the Architect of the Capitol instructs on its website.

Former presidents Obama and Bush are expected to give eulogies.

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Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer had also announced Saturday via Twitter he would introduce a resolution to rename the Russell Senate Office Building in McCain's memory.

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