President Donald Trump dismissed a White House funeral Loss of John McCain and the praising of the late senator and war hero, according to a report from the Washington Post.
The Post reported that helpers such as White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and Chief of Staff John Kelly urged a personal statement praising McCain's long service in both the Navy and Congress. Several drafts of the Declaration had apparently been written in advance, with a final version being prepared for President's approval.
Trump reportedly told his staff that he would make his own statement that, according to the critics, did not contain any personal message about McCain, who died on Saturday at the age of 81.
"My deepest sympathy goes to Senator John McCain's family," Trump tweeted Saturday. "Our hearts and prayers are with you!"
The statement stands in stark contrast to the tributes offered by former presidents, McCain's congressional colleagues and world leaders who used fiery language to mark McCain's death and to note his distinguished military and political career. Melania Trump even adopted Twitter to thank McCain for his " Service for the Nation ".
Sanders, who tweeted on Sunday that McCain was a " great American ," declined to comment on Sunday's The Post.
Trump had been allied with McCain for years, especially in 2016, when Trump said McCain was "not a war hero" because he was captured by North Vietnamese troops.
"I like people who have not been caught," said Trump.
McCain frequently criticized Trump for his behavior and policies, and he dramatically threw out the crucial voice that helped thwart the abrogation of the Affordable Care Act last year, an act involving a round of angry tweets Trump left.
Critics on Saturday busted for President over his words for McCain.
"It's horrible," said Mark Corallo, a Republican strategist who had previously served as spokesman for Trump's legal department, to the post office. "At such a time, you would expect more from an American president when you talk about the death of a real American hero."
McCain has reportedly asked Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush to deliver eulogies at his funeral, while Trump does not appear to have been invited. Aides told the post office that it was unclear whether Trump would be on Capitol Hill on Friday if McCain was to be in the country as part of his funeral.