OGUTU: Lessons from the life of Senator McCain

But in this loss, and in this sorrow, I take comfort in this: John McCain, hero of the republic and to his little girl, wakes today to something more glorious than anything on this earth.

"An American hero who served our country for 60 years, Senator John McCain inspired a generation of warriors".

"Throughout his congressional career Senator McCain stood with Israel because throughout his life he stood up for America's allies and our shared democratic values", the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) said in a statement on Saturday. John McCain's life and career after news of his death Saturday.

Trump made no comment when McCain chose to end treatment for brain cancer on Friday, and also failed to mention McCain earlier this month when he signed a defense-spending bill named for him. They have remembered his military service as a naval aviator, especially his valor in enduring beatings and torture during 5 1/2 years as a prisoner of war at the hands of North Vietnamese captors at the height of the Vietnam War in the 1960s.

Rick Davis, who was also McCain's campaign manager and longtime adviser, said at a news conference in Phoenix that Vice President Pence will serve as the Trump administration designee at a ceremony honoring McCain on Friday at the U.S. Capitol Rotunda.

John McCain, a senior member of the United States Senate and former presidential candidate, has died.

Bush also released a statement on Mr McCain's passing, writing how hard it is to imagine that such a vivid life has ended. McCain was diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumor a year ago and died aged 81 on Saturday in Arizona.

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"Condolences to senator and war veteran John McCain, who greatly contributed to the normalization of Vietnam-U.S. relations", said one message in Vietnamese that was left at the sculpture and attached to a bouquet of flowers on Monday.

"Senator McCain was a great friend to Canada and a true statesman whose intelligence, tenacity and courage were unmatched", Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland wrote on Twitter. "Our hearts and prayers are with you!" he tweeted instead.

McCain was a frequent critic of President Donald Trump on everything from his leadership style to his Russian Federation policy.

Before the flag was lowered again, the American Legion issued a statement urging the president to do so in keeping with "long-established protocol".

"At that time I liked him personally for his toughness and strong stance", he said. He also asked former presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama to eulogize him.

McCain's congressional colleagues and personal allies - as well as his adversaries - issued statements of their own. President Trump, however, was not invited to speak.

McCain and Trump never had an easy relationship. Trump is not expected to attend.

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