'Ridiculous' That McCain Doesn't Want Trump at His Funeral: Sen. Hatch

Sergio Conner
May 9, 2018

The New York Times had reported over the weekend that the ailing McCain has specifically said that he does not want Trump to come to his funeral, preferring Vice-President Pence to attend instead.

"I'd like everybody to take a collective breath and chill out on my dad for a second - especially Orrin Hatch", McCain said on The View, which she co-hosts. "He's the President of the United States".

The president "would be a very interesting speaker and would do a good job for John", Hatch said, adding that he hoped for McCain's recovery and return to the Senate. But it's up to John.

However, McCain's decision to disinvite Trump had also prompted some to point out that not everyone at the White House will be sorry about Trump's absence, pointing out the enjoyable time First Lady Melania Trump and former President Barack Obama had at Barbara Bush's send-off.

During the 2016 presidential campaign, candidate Trump said that McCain was not the type of hero he admired.

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A row over McCain not inviting Trump to his future funeral is gaining momentum, as more politicians, journalists and social media pundits join the debate around the senator, who's now fighting brain cancer. He had surgery last July for a brain tumor that was later identified as a form of glioblastoma.

Today Senator Orrin Hatch weighs in on this funeral wish coming from McCain, and this topic seems to be taking on a life of its own in the headlines. He's a war hero because he was captured. "I like people that weren't captured".

Senator Chuck Schumer, the Democratic Minority Leader from NY, was certainly grateful to McCain for stopping the repeal of ObamaCare, declaring, "John McCain shows the same courage in Congress that he showed when he was a Naval aviator". According to those close to McCain that list includes just one person: Trump.

Hatch's comments would represent the first criticism from a GOP colleague of McCain's reported decision to not have Trump attend his funeral. "I agree with the daughter", he said.

"He lost and let us down", Trump also said.

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