Tributes pour in after death of USA senator John McCain

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meeting Senator John Mc Cain during a visit to Israel in 2015

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meeting Senator John Mc Cain during a visit to Israel in 2015

McCain will first lie in state at the Arizona State Capitol, where a private ceremony will be held on Wednesday, which would have been McCain's 82nd birthday.

In a statement, a spokesperson said: "Senator John Sidney McCain III died at 4:28pm on August 25, 2018". He'll receive a full funeral service at the Washington National Cathedral and a burial in Annapolis, Md., but a schedule of events has yet to be released. At McCain's request, former presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush are set to deliver eulogies.

McCain last visited the Naval Academy last October, when he had a strong final message for the Brigade of Midshipmen.

FILE - In this October 11, 2008, file photo, Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain, but it was never sent out, a person familiar with the matter confirmed to CNN.

Obama, who triumphed over McCain in the 2008 election, said that despite their differences, McCain and he shared a "fidelity to something higher - the ideals for which generations of Americans and immigrants alike have fought, marched, and sacrificed". The Vietnamese people have that will and Mr. John McCain has that will. He had battled brain cancer.

McCain was a prominent critic of President Donald Trump. Other former presidents are not only planning to attend, but at least two plan to speak about the American hero. "Our hearts and prayers are with you!" he tweeted instead.

Earlier this summer, McCain issued a blistering statement criticising Trump's meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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Amid the outburst of criticism, the Washington Post has learned from unnamed "insiders" that the White House staff stood firm on issuing a statement of praise for the Arizona Senator. "These were bitter contests, both of them", Sen.

"I like people that weren't captured", Trump said.

Trump and McCain had feuded for years, most notably in 2016 when Trump said McCain was "not a war hero" because he had been captured in Vietnam. State law now requires Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey to appoint a successor who will hold office until 2020, as Politico reports.

"In an era filled with cynicism about national unity and public service, John McCain's life shone as a bright example".

Tributes poured in from around the globe.

McCain "embodied the idea of service over self", according to British Prime Minister Theresa May, while French President Emmanuel Macron saluted "a true American hero". John McCain's life and career after news of his death Saturday. His support for Israel never wavered.

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