President Trump decided against publishing an official White House statement on Senator John McCain after his death, Fox Fox News confirmed two administrative sources.
The statement would have praised him for his decades of service and his heroism as Vietnam POWs. White House chief of staff John Kelly, press secretary Sarah Sanders, and other senior advisors had all pushed for such an explanation that McCain would have called a "hero."
However, the President declined the statement and instead tweeted a brief statement on Saturday night following the death of the legendary Republican Senator from Arizona.
The Tweet said, "My deepest sympathy and respect goes to Senator John McCain's family, our hearts and prayers are with you!"
The decision on the declaration was first published by the Washington Post.
Trump's decision speaks of the longstanding feud between the two men, which goes back to Trump as a candidate. He said McCain was not a war hero and accused him of being captured in the Vietnam War. McCain endured five years imprisonment, an experience that later shaped his views as a senator on interrogation methods. McCain, known as the "outsider" of the Senate, often opposed the Party's ideology and earned praise from the Democrats and occasional criticism from his own party ̵
Meanwhile, tributes to McCain flocked to other leaders and statesmen in the world, including former presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush.
"Few of us were tested the way John once was, or he had to show the courage he did, but we all have the courage to put the greater good over our own," said Barack and Michelle Obama in her statement.
"At a time of cynicism about national unity and public service, John McCain's life shed a shining example, showing us that boundless patriotism and self-sacrifice are not obsolete concepts or clichés, but the building blocks of an extraordinary American life "said McCartell, the Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell, in a statement.
McCain will lie in the US Capitol Rotunda in Washington state.