Washington lauds John McCain as one of America’s ‘bravest souls’; Trump absent

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After the service, McCain's wife of 38 years, Cindy, bowed over the casket, clasped her hands and appeared to pray there.

Family members watched in silence as uniformed military members removed the flag-draped casket from a black hearse and carried it into the church. "The Senate, the United States, and the world are lesser places without John McCain".

McCain, a former Navy aviator, really did "talk like a sailor", Ryan said, drawing smiles from the crowd.

"I always thought of a John as a brother".

"John treated every day, every issue, with the intensity and seriousness that the legislative process deserves".

"He had America's fighting spirit, our noble idealism, our solemn patriotism, and our slightly irreverent streak - all rolled into one", said McConnell, a colleague of McCain's for 33 years in the Senate. "The president asked me to be here on behalf of a grateful nation", Pence said.

Vice President Pence spoke next, and hailed the man his boss relished denigrating.

'We gather to recognize a great loss and celebrate a great life, ' McConnell.

Woods also recalled the way McCain would introduce him to new staff members by saying, "You'll have to fire half of them".

Mr Trump in turn delayed issuing any statement after McCain's death. May God comfort his family and friends.

"At any moment, he might be preparing an eloquent reflection on human liberty or a devastating joke, served up with his signature cackle and that John McCain glint in his eye", he said. The one-time presidential candidate had been battling brain cancer.

Mr Trump will travel to one of his private golf clubs for a campaign fundraiser.

On Friday, he'll lie in state in the US Capitol Rotunda before a final funeral service on Saturday.

House Speaker Paul Ryan remembered McCain as a man who made a "tremendous difference", " a man of conviction" and a "man of state".

McCain's funeral puts him back in the spotlight a few miles from Trump's doorstep, in the city where the senator, who died last Saturday at 81, worked and collected friends and enemies - and some people were both at different times. The procession is expected to continue highlighting what McCain found important, some of which contrasts with Trump's style and priorities.

McCain chose a Russian dissident as a pallbearer after Trump repeatedly expressed his affinity and admiration for Russian strongman Vladimir Putin - praise that came amid special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

Trump will also miss Saturday's service at the Washington National Cathedral, where former President Barack Obama, the Democrat who defeated McCain in 2008, and former Republican President George W. Bush, who beat McCain in their party's 2000 presidential nominating contest, will pay tribute to McCain.

McCain, a decorated Vietnam War veteran, was honored in Arizona on Wednesday, the day he would've turned 82.

Former Vice President Joe Biden wipes a tear away while giving a tribute during memorial service at North Phoenix Baptist Church for Sen.

After the ceremony, the public will pass through the Rotunda for six hours to pay their respects to McCain by filing past his coffin, which was brought into the Rotunda and placed atop a pine board catafalque originally constructed in 1865 for former President Abraham Lincoln's casket.

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