McCain, who faced down his captors in a Vietnam prisoner of war camp with jut-jawed defiance and later turned his rebellious streak into a 35-year political career that took him to Congress and the Republican presidential nomination, died Saturday after battling brain cancer for more than a year.
Vietnam's Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh writes in a condolence book near a portrait of U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) about his death at the USA embassy in Hanoi, Vietnam on Monday.
McConnell also announced that McCain will lie in State at the U.S. Capitol Rotunda.
Gov. Rick Scott on Sunday ordered flags to be flown at half-staff in honor of U.S. Sen.
White House aides did not make plans for a televised statement on McCain's passing, which would have been routine under similar circumstances in other recent presidencies. Not so fast. Politics here is a lot more complicate.
"I admire him for having recognised the right thing. being united with Vietnamese people, so that the two countries could set aside the past, building up the future", said 81-year-old veteran Pham Minh Chuc, who rode his bicycle to the embassy.
Jon Biden, the former Vice President of the USA chose to highlight in his tribute what made Mr McCain overcome the many challenges that had characterised his life: country and spirit. The president, who as a candidate in 2016 mocked McCain's capture in Vietnam, had jabbed at the ailing senator for voting against Republican efforts to roll back President Barack Obama's health care law. "John McCain will cast a long shadow".
McCain's response starkly illustrated the two men's different characters: The senator sought no apology on his own behalf but said that Trump did owe an apology "to the families of those who have sacrificed in conflict" and of those taken prisoner while "serving their country".
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.
"He didn't just meet with officials; he talked to regular people", Roddey said.
Jeff Flake teared up Sunday morning when discussing his colleague Sen.
From McCain's fellow Arizonan, Sen.
However, her opponent Kelli Ward, who frequently criticized McCain for not stepping down after his diagnosis, mused in a Facebook post that his announcement about discontinuing treatment was timed to distract from the kickoff of her statewide bus tour.
McCain castigated Trump in July for his summit with Putin, calling their joint news conference in Helsinki "one of the most disgraceful performances by an American president in memory". It sprang from his belief in democracy and freedom.
"His voice was important, has been for years, but never more important than the past year", Flake said.