Fitzgerald, Doan, Gonzalez to participate in McCain service


"At the request of the McCain family, I have also authorized military transportation of Senator McCain's remains from Arizona to Washington, D.C., military pallbearers and band support, and a horse and caisson transport during the service at the United States Naval Academy".

The others also speaking: Former vice president Joe Biden, former McCain chief of staff and Arizona state attorney general Grant Woods, businessman Tommy Espinoza, McCain's son Andrew and his daughter Bridget.

US President Donald Trump was not expected to attend any of the services and had not mentioned McCain before US flags over the White House began Monday morning at full-staff.

At the same time, the White House released a statement from the president in which Trump said that, despite differences on policy and politics, he respects McCain's service to the USA and ordered flags be flown at half-staff until his internment. "I lived and died a proud American", McCain wrote.

It's good, I suppose, that President Trump or his advisors finally saw fit to set aside his grievances and do the right thing.

Trump had, prior to Monday's statement, only offered a tweet offering sympathies to McCain's family following his death on Saturday from brain cancer.

"Sen. McCain was an American hero and cherished member of The American Legion". All three Republicans had distanced themselves from McCain, who frequently feuded with Trump, and Ward suggested that his announcement before his death that he was stopping medical treatment was timed to hurt her campaign. John McCain's memorial will be one of the greatest honors he's ever received. "And while he never made it to the presidency, in the Senate, he was the leader that would see a hot spot in the world and just say, we need to go there and stand up for that democracy".

Mr Trump regularly hit back at his rival, and controversially said Mr McCain was "not a war hero" in 2015.

Sen. John McCain's death in office has handed Arizona's governor an empty Senate seat to give out - and a hard political puzzle to solve before he does.

"Do not despair of our present difficulties but believe always in the promise and greatness of America, because nothing is inevitable here", he said, adding that the country "will get through these challenging times".

"Americans never quit. We never surrender". We never hide from history.

Graham will speak on the Senate floor Tuesday about McCain and his legacy. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainVietnam veteran gives Cindy McCain his war medallion Senate chaplain thanks God for "gift" of McCain Senate drapes McCain's desk in black cloth MORE (R-Ariz.) said on Monday that the Senate giant probably would have wanted a Latina woman to succeed him.

McCain had parting words too his family spokesman read out a letter for the American people written shortly before the Senator died. He will be buried on Sunday in Annapolis, Md.