Orrin Hatch Thinks John McCain's Wish For A Funeral Without Donald Trump Is 'Ridiculous'




Sen. John McCain
Sen. John McCain's (R-Ariz.) reported request to have Donald Trump stay away  

Sen. John McCain's (R-Ariz.) reported request to have Donald Trump stay away from his funeral is not sitting well with fellow Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah).

"I think it's ridiculous," the 83-year-old Hatch told Politico on Monday. McCain reportedly wants Vice President Mike Pence to represent the White House instead.

Hatch thinks Trump is getting a bad rap.

"Well, he's the president of the United States and he's a very good man," the senator said of Trump.

He conceded that it's McCain's call. McCain, 81, was diagnosed with brain cancer last July.

"I think John should have his own wishes fulfilled with regard to who attends the funeral," Hatch said, adding that he hopes McCain changes his mind.

Traditionally, it's considered an honor to have the president attend your funeral, but there's a history of bad blood between McCain and Trump.

In 2015, Trump dismissed McCain's time as a prisoner of war in Vietnam by telling a debate crowd, "He's a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren't captured."

McCain said last Fall that Trump has never apologized for the statement.

Over the weekend, Trump criticized the senator's vote against health care reform in a speech to the NRA.

McCain reportedly returns the wrath in his upcoming memoir,The Restless Wave: Good Times, Just Causes, Great Fights, and Other Appreciations, saying of Trump, "the appearance of toughness or a reality show facsimile of toughness seems to matter more [to the president] than any of our values."

Video: John McCain Calls for Return to Civility

COMMENTS

More Related News

Trump and Abe tee off amid US-Japan trade tensions
Trump and Abe tee off amid US-Japan trade tensions
  • World
  • 2019-05-26 02:39:00Z

MOBARA, Japan (AP) - Golf never seems to be far behind whenever President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe get together.

Trump downplays North Korean missile tests
Trump downplays North Korean missile tests

TOKYO (AP) - In an apparent contradiction of his national security adviser, President Donald Trump on Sunday downplayed recent North Korean missile tests, tweeting from Tokyo that they're not a concern for him - even though they are for Japan.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump and a tale of 2 sheets of paper
AP FACT CHECK: Trump and a tale of 2 sheets of paper

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump held up and read from a sheet of paper in the Rose Garden this past week as he argued he's been hounded by investigators in the Russia probe for no reason. "Nearly 500 search warrants," says the page, from an ABC News graphic. "More than 2,500

Judge blocks Trump from building sections of border wall
Judge blocks Trump from building sections of border wall

A federal judge on Friday blocked President Donald Trump from building key sections of his border wall with money secured under his declaration of a national emergency, delivering what may prove a temporary setback on one of his highest priorities. U.S. District Judge Haywood Gilliam Jr.'s order

The Latest: Coats says spy agencies to cooperate with Barr
The Latest: Coats says spy agencies to cooperate with Barr

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Latest on President Trump and the Russia investigation (all times local):

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *

Cancel reply

Comments

Top News: Latin America

facebook
Hit "Like"
Don't miss any important news
Thanks, you don't need to show me this anymore.