President Trump will not attend John McCain’s funeral, family spokesman says

Geraldine Edwards
August 28, 2018

In 2008, Arizona Senator John McCain became widely known in Kenya as the White House contender who was pulling out all the stops to prevent Kenya's "son", his then-Illinois colleague Barack Obama, from becoming the first American President of African descent.

"I can't trust Obama".

John McCain's final statement was a blistering rebuke of Donald Trump & his policies. The Arizona Republican died of brain cancer Saturday at 81 at his ranch near Sedona.

"No, ma'am", he said.

"I owe that satisfaction to the love of my family. He's not (an Arab)".

Truong Huy San, a prominent social critic, wrote on Facebook Sunday that McCain's personality helped Hanoi and Washington make amends, and said that the country could learn from him.

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But, according to The Hill, the clip was cheered and praised on social media over the weekend.

Something important to note: this is not a statement about how John McCain should be remembered, nor is it a defense of McCain's actions during his life.

"My deepest sympathies and respect go out to the family of Senator John McCain, "Trump tweeted on Saturday".

The Vietnam News Agency said Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc sent a message of condolence to McCain's family and U.S. Senate leaders, while Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh paid respects to McCain at the embassy.

Speaking to reporters after writing in a book of condolences, U.S Ambassador Daniel Kritenbrink said McCain was "a great leader and real hero" who helped normalize relations between the former enemies.

After facing criticism for raising the flags at the White House to full-staff after lowering them on Saturday, Trump said he'd approved them lowered again.

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President Obama ordered flags at the White House be flown at half-staff for almost five days after Democratic Senator Ted Kennedy of MA died in 2009.

The Washington Post reported Sunday that Trump had rejected the advice of top aides who advocated for an official statement that gave the decorated Vietnam War POW plaudits for his military and Senate service and called him a "hero".

U.S. senators have issued a bipartisan call to lower American flags in honour of John McCain after the White House raised its Stars and Stripes back up.

McCain was diagnosed with glioblastoma in July of 2017, when he said that the prognosis was "very, very serious". French President Emmanuel Macron tweeted in English that McCain "was a true American hero. I think it's the same feeling for all Vietnamese people as he has greatly contributed to the development of Vietnam-U.S. relations", Duyet was quoted as saying.

"We weaken our greatness when we confuse our patriotism with tribal rivalries that have sown resentment and hatred and violence in all the corners of the globe".

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