Moments after Republican Senator John McCain’s office announced the senator’s death, President Donald Trump wrote a tweet expressing his condolences.
“My deepest sympathies and respect go out to the family of Senator John McCain. Our hearts and prayers are with you!” Trump tweeted.
Meanwhile, CBS News reported that McCain last requests were that former Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush deliver eulogies at his funeral.
According to the Wall Street Journal, Senator McCain died Saturday afternoon at his home in Sedona, Ariz., surrounded by his wife and family.
McCain won the Republican presidential nomination in 2008 but lost to Barack Obama. He carved out a reputation as a leading internationalist who warned that Russia posed a threat to the post-Cold War order.
McCain was one of the Senate’s most ardent military hawks and one of the few who was willing to challenge Trump, regardless of party politics. He called President Trump “poorly informed” and “impulsive.” In response, Trump seized many opportunities to criticize McCain for voting against a repeal of the Affordable Care Act and said he liked “people who weren’t captured” in reference to McCain being a POW.
Reflecting on his life in his memoirs Mr. McCain wrote: “I don’t have a complaint. Not one. It’s been quite a ride. I’ve known great passions, seen amazing wonders, fought in a war, and helped make a peace. I made a small place for myself in the story of America and the history of my times.”