Meghan spoke at the funeral for her late father, which was attended by Barack Obama and George Bush, two former presidents from opposing parties. John McCain's service at the National Cathedral, but his daughter Ivanka Trump and Jarad Kushner arrived Saturday to view the service.
Senator John McCain's daughter paid tribute to her father on Saturday with a broadside at President Donald Trump, lambasting the USA leader without naming him for using "cheap rhetoric" against a man celebrated as a war hero and statesman. Bush, President and Secretary Clinton, Vice President and Mrs. Biden, Vice President and Mrs. Cheney, Vice President Gore, and, as John would say, my friends, we come to celebrate an extraordinary man: a warrior, a statesman, a patriot who embodied so much that is best in America.
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"The America of John McCain has no need to be made great again because America was always great", she said to extended applause. The president, who has often criticized and clashed with McCain, was not in attendance.
"We never doubted the other man's sincerity or the other man's patriotism - or that when all was said and done, we were on the same team", Obama said of his rough but respectful campaign battles with McCain.
"Our public life, our public discourse can seem small and mean and petty, trafficking in bombast and insult", Obama said. "John called on us to be bigger than that".
"He's not a war hero", Trump said in July 2015. His daughter, Ivanka TrumpIvana (Ivanka) Marie TrumpTrump family, foundation seek dismissal of "self-dealing" lawsuit Pence: "Liberals in national media" met their match in Trump Trump lashes out at CNN, NBC in sustained media attacks MORE, and husband Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerThe Hill's Morning Report: Trump shifts campaign focus from Senate to House Pence: "Liberals in national media" met their match in Trump Trump lashes out at CNN, NBC in sustained media attacks MORE were in attendance, as well as multiple other Trump Cabinet members.
On Sunday, McCain will return to the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, for a private funeral and burial at the cemetery there. Also attending were former Secretary of State John Kerry, a Senate colleague of McCain's and also a Vietnam War veteran and former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta. He died August 25 at age 81. "Together we mourn and together we go on".
In the photo, Cindy McCain was standing with her hand on her heart next to Bridget, Sidney and Meghan McCain.
Aside from Trump, another notable figure not invited to the funeral was McCain's 2008 running mate Sarah Palin, who became associated with the far-right movement that in some ways nurtured white identity politics. But it was his military service, punctuated by years as a prisoner of war in North Vietnam, that moulded McCain's political life.