PHOENIX – In his last words to the nation before his death, Senator John McCain proclaimed a veiled reprimand of President Trump and urged Americans to demonstrate behind the founding ideals of the country rather than hiding behind walls and politically to be subject to tribalism.
Rick Davis, a McCain family spokesman who was also campaign manager and longtime Arizona Republican adviser, read the letter at an emotional press conference on Monday, presenting plans for mourning and mourning ceremonies in honor of McCain  "We weaken our greatness by confusing our patriotism with tribal rivalries that have sown resentment, hatred and violence throughout the world," McCain wrote in the letter. "We weaken it when we hide behind walls instead of tearing them down when we doubt the power of our ideals rather than trusting them to be the great force for change they have always been."
Trump pledged to build a wall across the US border with Mexico and force Mexico to pay for it.
The extraordinary letter was a defiant coda to years of struggle between the two men. Trump has said that McCain, who spent more than five years as a prisoner of war in Vietnam, was "not a war hero" and still angered the longtime senator during his battle with brain tumor.
McCain in turn drew No criticized the president on foreign policy and other issues, most recently in a sharp indictment against Trump's summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin last month in Helsinki.
The flags in the White House were lowered on Saturday night in honor of McCain despite the wishes of the congressional leaders of both parties charged on Monday morning. For the second time a day, Trump was silent about McCain: in three separate White House appearances, the president ignored questions from reporters about the late Senator and his legacy.
Davis said Monday that Trump would not attend the funeral commemorations for McCain in Washington and Vice President Pence will act as Administrative Director on Friday in the US Capitol Rotunda.
"The President will not attend the funeral, as far as we know, that's just a fact," Davis said, refusing to repeat what had already been reported about the wishes of the McCain family.
In response to another question, Davis told reporters that the family's thoughts were focused exclusively on McCain.
There's no room in the McCain family to focus on anything but him, "Davis said. [Citation needed] On Saturday morning, a funeral procession for McCain from the US Capitol along Pennsylvania Avenue toward Washington National Cathedral with a short Stop at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial to Wreath
Saturday's commemoration ceremony will feature members of McCain's family, as well as former Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, and former Sen. Joe Lieberman One of McCain's closest friends in the Senate, Davis said, and will also feature a performance of the Irish ballad "Danny Boy" by opera singer Renée Fleming.
McCain's longtime senior vice-president, Joe Biden, is expected to be in a separate service Speak for the Arizona Republican in Phoenix on Thursday
Arizona Governor Doug Ducey (R) has said he will wait until after McCain's funeral Sunday to appoint a successor to equip the remainder of the senatorial period until 2020. Davis did not weigh on Monday looking for a successor, only saying that McCain probably wanted to have a Hispanic wife to take his place.
McCain's farewell speech does not mention Trump by name, but it does refer to the populist and protectionist forces that helped drive Trump Twice McCain failed to win.
"We are citizens of the world's largest republic, a nation of ideals, not blood and soil," wrote McCain. "We are blessed and a blessing to humanity in sustaining and promoting these ideals at home and in the world."
White racists marching in Charlottesville last year called "Blood and Soil," a translation of a Nazi slogan. Trump seemed to defend the rally opponents who clashed with counter-demonstrators when he said there were "good people on both sides."
McCain also defended the ideals of the so-called liberal world order – the post-war period The architecture of American-led international institutions and alliances, which Trump often complains of, has become a burden. McCain was also alarmed at the rise of right-wing extremist populism in Europe and the breakup of the British with the European Union, which Trump has announced.
"I lived and died as a proud American, helping to liberate more people from tyranny and poverty than ever before in history, winning great wealth and power," McCain wrote.
He described the US as a country that included "three hundred and twenty-five million idiosyncratic, vocal individuals" who "argue and compete, and sometimes even slander themselves in our vociferous public debates."
"But we've always had a lot more common than disagreement, "he wrote. "If we just remember and give each other the advantage that we all love our country, we will master these difficult times, we will get through them more than ever, and we always do."
Gearan and Sonmez reported from Washington. John Wagner contributed to this report.