John McCain's mother, 106, expected to attend memorial services

Flags flying a half-staff in honor of Sen. John McCain R-Ariz. frame the U.S. Capital at daybreak in Washington Sunday Aug. 26 2018
John McCain's mother, 106, expected to attend memorial services

30 August, 2018

"I had a U.S. Senator call me from Arizona in Cincinnati, Ohio".

Senator John McCain's death from cancer on Saturday touched two Maryland politicians who knew him personally.

White House aides went on to post official statements from others in the administration, including Vice President Mike Pence and others in the Cabinet.

Trump has yet to offer a single word of praise or recognition of McCain's service since he died Saturday after a battle with brain cancer.

Former U.S. Senator Joe Lieberman of CT, who was one of McCain's closest friends in the Senate, said the death of McCain means America has lost one of its greatest patriots and public servants in its history.

Possible appointees whose names circulate among Arizona politicos include McCain's widow, Cindy McCain, former U.S. Senator Jon Kyl and Republican Gov. Doug Ducey's chief of staff Kirk Adams.

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Dorothy Leavell, Chairman of the NNPA and publisher of the Crusader Newspapers, stated, "The death of Senator John Mc- Cain reminds us that none of us are immortal, but his life was one of service and love for his country".

According to reports, the family has asked Trump not to attend the funeral. It showed McCain, at a campaign event during his unsuccessful run for the presidency in 2008, twice rejecting audience members' criticism of his opponent, Barack Obama.

Other tributes poured in from around the globe.

U.S. Rep. Phil Roe, R-1st, of Johnson City, spoke of working with McCain on veterans issues in a statement released by his office.

French President Emmanuel Macron tweeted in English that McCain "was a true American hero". Plans taking shape called for McCain to lie in state Wednesday in the Arizona State Capitol on what would have been his 82nd birthday. Israel's prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, said McCain's support for the Jewish state "never wavered". McCain responded: 'He served his country, and not always right - he made a lot of mistakes, made a lot of errors - but served his country, and I hope we could add, honorably.' There is no doubt that Sen. Trump, meanwhile, said in 2015 that McCain wasn't a war hero because he was a prisoner of war in Vietnam.

"Instead, he went back to the Senate, mentoring young senators like myself, taught us how to stand up in the world, always making sure he had women out front", she said.

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