President Donald Trump breaks silence on US Sen. John McCain

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'I think any discussion of what any one individual has done or said, if you look at the gravity of all he reactions around the world - world leaders our allies - it's been vast. Several defended him against attacks from Trump, who questioned McCain's heroism as a prisoner of war and chafed over McCain's thumbs-down vote that sank the repeal of national health care.

Graham learned so much more from McCain than a handful of silly jokes. Democrats have grown increasingly concerned during President Trump's tenure that the normally tough conservative voices on issues such as Russian Federation, the Middle East and North Korea have fallen silent as the onetime reality-TV star has rewritten the GOP playbook.

The president also says he's agreed to the McCain family's request for military transportation of McCain's remains from Arizona to Washington.

US President Donald Trump appears to have caved in to bipartisan demands to pay respects to late Sen.

"There's no doubt he's leaving a void, kind of an irreplaceable void", Sen. It's an obvious move, and in fact it's standard with figures like McCain for the flag to be lowered until internment, but reports indicate that Trump really, really didn't want to do it.

Since his death, world leaders and McCain's former colleagues in Congress, Republicans and Democrats alike, have shared their favorite memories of McCain, and extolled his status as a senior statesman on the world stage.

"The damage inflicted by President Trump's naiveté, egotism, false equivalence, and sympathy for autocrats is hard to calculate", McCain said at the time. "I think this would be a particularly good one, but I want to make sure the family is OK with it", Flake said.

Sen. Chuck Schumer speaks about John McCain on the Senate floor, August 27, 2018.

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Besides the proposal to rename the Russell Senate Office building, lawmakers may consider naming a committee room used by the Senate Armed Services Committee after McCain, who was the panel's chairman, McConnell said. "We're in a new era now", Corker said Monday. Angus King (I-Vt.). Davis did not weigh in at length Monday on the search for a successor, saying only that McCain probably would have wanted to see a Hispanic woman take his place.

"I consider myself incredibly lucky to have known John, and even luckier to have called him a friend", Hatch said.

He recounted that story in a news briefing after his floor speech Tuesday.

"They had my thumbs over my head over a rafter, and they were beating me", Swindle said.

That meeting, at McCain's ranch outside Sedona, began with a strong admonition about keeping up their mutual fights. "We are going to keep the flag down until he's interred".

Speeches by Graham and other senators were effectively the first public farewells of the procession. John Cornyn of Texas, the No. 2 Republican senator.

"If you want to get into that, you have to get into George Washington and Thomas Jefferson and all of our Founding Fathers - most of our Founding Fathers, maybe with the exception of Hamilton", said Shelby, referring to the fact that so numerous Founding Fathers owned slaves.

As the South Carolinian spoke, almost 20 senators from each party gathered in the chamber, most sitting around Graham regardless of their regular seats. We're trying to give him the sendoff he deserves. The space next to Graham was draped in a black cloth with a vase of white roses on top of it.