Published: Wed, May 09, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

'Ridiculous' That McCain Doesn't Want Trump at His Funeral: Sen. Hatch

'Ridiculous' That McCain Doesn't Want Trump at His Funeral: Sen. Hatch

On Monday, Hatch critiqued McCain for his exclusion of the President, calling Trump a "very good man".

McCain announced last summer that he is battling an aggressive form of brain cancer - the same type that killed his friend, Sen.

"I think John should have his own wishes fulfilled with regard to who attends the funeral", Hatch said, cited by the Politico. The Post reported that Hatch had also sent McCain a letter expressing his regrets.

Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on September 20, 2017. The news of McCain's wish for Trump not to attend his funeral was leaked by those close to McCain as these are folks who were privy [VIDEO] to his funeral arrangements.

McCain, who was diagnosed with brain cancer a year ago, has had a checkered history with the President, who famously said, "He is not a war hero".

During the 2016 campaign, Trump remarkably said this about the senator: "He's not a war hero. I like people who weren't captured".

Trump also took umbrage with McCain's decision previous year to vote against a repeal-and-replace measure of Obamacare.

McCain shocked many in the Republican-majority Senate when he got out of a hospital bed in Arizona, returned to Washington, and voted with the Democrats to oppose the repeal of ObamaCare.

While at home at his ranch near Sedona, Arizona, McCain, with his long-time collaborator Mark Salter, wrote a book called "The Restless Wave: Good Times, Just Causes, Great Fights, and Other Appreciations", due to be published May 22.

Congressman Gregory Meeks from the opposing Democratic Party praised McCain for the decision. Trump went so far as to call McCain a "dummy" and a "loser" that time.

Senator Chuck Schumer, the Democratic Minority Leader from NY, was certainly grateful to McCain for stopping the repeal of ObamaCare, declaring, "John McCain shows the same courage in Congress that he showed when he was a Naval aviator".

They clashed again past year, following the Republican Senator's comments on America's "half-baked, spurious nationalism" foreign policy.

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