Donald Trump Refuses to Answer McCain Questions In White House

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He also cultivated a reputation as an independent willing to work with Democrats on immigration and campaign finance, and was a fierce critic of Russian Federation and a strong proponent of an aggressive USA role against the Islamic State extremist group.

Sen. John McCain died at 81 after a strenuous battle with glioblastoma.

Rick Davis, a spokesman for the McCain family, said that the focus should be on remembering McCain's life and legacy.

President Donald Trump rejected a White House statement mourning the loss of John McCain and praising the late senator and war hero, according to a report from The Washington Post. He didn't hold back on his criticism of the war veteran during his presidency and even once went as far as to make fun of the time McCain spent tortured in Vietnam. "Our hearts and prayers are with you!"

Trump and McCain had a bitter relationship that lasted through McCain's final days.

Serafin Gomez is a White House Producer for FOX News Channel, who also covered the 2016 election as a Special Events & Politics producer and former special campaign correspondent for Fox News Latino. 'I think any discussion of what any one individual has done or said, if you look at the gravity of all he reactions around the world - world leaders our allies - it's been vast.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced the decision of congressional leaders from both parties Sunday, calling McCain "a great American patriot, a statesman who put his country first and enriched this institution through many years of service".

Mr. Obama, who defeated McCain in 2008 presidential race, issued a statement shortly after McCain's death saying that "we shared, for all our differences, a fidelity to something higher - the ideals for which generations of Americans and immigrants alike have fought, marched, and sacrificed".

Former vice president Joe Biden, McCain's longtime Senate colleague, is expected to speak at a service for the Arizona Republican in Phoenix on Thursday.

Republican Arizona Senate candidate Kelli Ward on Monday likened political correctness to "cancer" after she was widely criticized for suggesting that the late Sen. "The State of Israel salutes John McCain".

Tributes poured in from around the globe. "At a time like this, you would expect more of an American president when you're talking about the passing of a true American hero". "Later on, when he became a US Senator, he and Senator John Kerry greatly contributed to promote Vietnam-U.S. relations so I was very fond of him".

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