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John McCain: Trump not attending late senator's funeral

August 27, 2018 4:06 pm

US President Donald Trump will not attend the funeral of his political antagonist John McCain, a spokesman for the late senator has said.

“The president will not be, as far as we know, attending the funeral,” said McCain family friend Rick Davis. “That’s just a fact.”

Mr Davis read out a posthumous message from McCain that appeared to take a thinly veiled dig at Mr Trump.

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In the message, McCain urged Americans not to “hide behind walls”.

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The Arizona Republican died on Saturday of brain cancer.

The American people are “a nation of ideals, not blood and soil,” Mr Davis said as he read from McCain’s letter on Monday at the Arizona State Capitol in Phoenix.

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