Late Senator John McCain does not want Donald Trump to attend his funeral

John McCain, the late Republican senator, does not want President Donald Trump to attend his funeral, the White House has been told.

Instead, his associates have requested Vice President Mike Pence be present for the ceremony when the time comes, with former presidents Barack Obama and George W Bush giving eulogies at the National Cathedral in Washington, according to the New York Times.

He and Mr Trump have had a turbulent relationship. During the 2016 presidential primary candidate Trump said Mr McCain was considered a war hero only “because he was captured” during the Vietnam War and that he preferred military figures who avoided being taken prisoner by the enemy.

US senator John McCain, a celebrated war hero known for reaching across the aisle in an increasingly divided America, died Saturday after losing a battle to brain cancer, his office said. He was 81.

“Senator John Sidney McCain III died at 4:28pm on August 25, 2018. With the senator when he passed were his wife Cindy and their family,” his office said in a statement.

“At his death, he had served the United States of America faithfully for 60 years.”

In July 2017, McCain was diagnosed with glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer.

One year of treatment failed to prevent his condition from worsening and on August 24 his family announced that he had chosen to discontinue medical care.

“Sen McCain, thank you for your service,” read a sign near the driveway of his home in a rural part of Sedona, Arizona, television footage showed, as a police escort accompanied the hearse that was to carry his body and local residents came bearing flowers for the late political titan.

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