According to people close to him, Senator John McCain has told friends he does not want President Donald Trump to attend his funeral. The sick Arizona Republican would rather have Vice President Mike Pence at his funeral, according a source close to McCain. The source told NBC News.
The 81-year-old McCain has been battling an aggressive form of brain cancer for more than a year. He is now back home in Arizona after undergoing surgery last month for an infection in his intestines.
The 2008 Republican presidential nominee said, "I don't know how much longer I'll be here," in an audio excerpt of his forthcoming memoir, according to a clip aired by NPR.
Per NBC News:
Trump did not attend the recent funeral of former first lady Barbara Bush in Houston, Texas, in order "to avoid disruptions due to added security, and out of respect for the Bush Family and friends attending the service," the White House said last month. First lady Melania Trump attended the service instead, along with former Presidents George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and former first lady Hillary Clinton.
Former Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush plan to be eulogists at McCain's funeral service, which is to be held at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., the source close to McCain said.
McCain's wish for Trump to skip his funeral, first reported Saturday by The New York Times, comes as the two men have had a turbulent relationship, particularly since the 2016 presidential primary when Trump said McCain was considered a war hero only "because he was captured" during the Vietnam War and that Trump preferred military figures who avoided being taken prisoner by the enemy.
Last summer, Trump blasted McCain for his "no" vote that helped doom a key Obamacare repeal bill in the Senate.
This gives new meaning to being a Never Trumper. All the way into his grave Arizona Senator John McCain will oppose President Donald Trump.
John McCain doesn’t want President Trump to attend his funeral. What a disgusting thing to say, McCain is a bitter and jealous man. This man has spent his life siding with the left but bashing patriots like Trump.
I thought I couldn’t dislike McCain anymore than I already do...
— Mike (@mike_Zollo) May 5, 2018
John McCain says he doesn’t want Trump at his funeral.
Imagine being such a miserable, bitter, pathetic old man that your dying wish is that the president is not at your funeral.
I’m sorry, but John McCain is an embarrassment to our country.
— Collin Rugg (@CollinRugg) May 5, 2018
John McCain doesn't want President Trump to attend his funeral.
— Georgia🍑Peach™ (@Real_PeachyKeen) May 5, 2018
John McCain voted to rob other Americans of the kind of care he has been receiving.
Spare me the worshipful whitewashing of his considerably less heroic last couple decades in the Senate.
— The Hoarse Whisperer (@HoarseWisperer) May 5, 2018