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Report: McCain Associates Want Pence, Not Trump, at Funeral

Report: McCain Associates Want Pence, Not Trump, at Funeral
Sen. John McCain. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

By    |   Sunday, 06 May 2018 06:45 AM

Close associates of Sen. John McCain have told the White House that they would like Vice President Mike Pence to attend the Arizona Republican's eventual funeral instead of President Donald Trump, The New York Times reported Saturday.

McCain, 81, is battling an aggressive form of brain cancer and is recovering from treatments at his Arizona home.

His eventual funeral is expected to be held at Washington National Cathedral, the Times disclosed.

However, Trump currently is not planning to attend any service, according to the report.

NBC News also reported Saturday that former Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama are to be eulogists at McCain's eventual service.

Trump and McCain have sparred many times since the president announced his candidacy in 2015 — and Trump continues to hint in speeches at how McCain let down the GOP when he cast an early-morning vote last July against repealing basic elements of Obamacare.

In addition, the senator's associates are also hinting at wanting a "McCain person" appointed to fill any vacancy that should arise in his Senate seat, possibly including his wife, Cindy.

McCain's memoir — "The Restless Wave: Good Times, Just Causes, Great Fights, and Other Appreciation" — and a related HBO documentary are due out this month.

In both memoirs, copies of which were obtained by the Times, McCain regrets not selecting retired Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman, a Democrat who later became an independent, as his 2008 running mate over former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.

Republicans advised McCain against selecting Lieberman because his caucusing with the Democrats would have split the party, he wrote.

"It was sound advice that I could reason for myself," McCain said in the book. "But my gut told me to ignore it and I wish I had."

McCain called the decision "another mistake that I made" in the documentary.

Lieberman told the Times that he did not know McCain's feelings until he saw the movie. "It touched me greatly," he said.

Former Democratic Vice President Joe Biden told the Times that McCain encouraged him to "not walk away" from politics in a recent visit, before he refused to discuss whether he would run for president in 2020.

"John knows he’s in a very, very, very precarious situation, and yet he’s still concerned about the state of the country," Biden, a longtime friend of the senator, told the Times.

"We talked about how our international reputation is being damaged and we talked about the need for people to stand up and speak out."

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Close associates of Sen. John McCain have told the White House that they would like Vice President Mike Pence to attend the Arizona Republican's eventual funeral instead of President Donald Trump, The New York Times reported Saturday.
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