Two Presidents honour McCain as Trump heads to golf club

Heiko Maas attends the weekly cabinet meeting at the Chancellery in Berlin. Germany’s

Heiko Maas attends the weekly cabinet meeting at the Chancellery in Berlin. Germany’s

Senator John McCain's daughter paid tribute to her father on Saturday with a broadside at President Donald Trump, lambasting the U.S. leader without naming him for using "cheap rhetoric" against a man celebrated as a war hero and statesman.

"Even when we disagree, especially when we disagree, John believed in honest argument, in hearing other views", Obama told the mourners, including McCain's wife, Cindy, and daughter, Meghan.

John McCain followed in the footsteps of his Navy family and served in the Vietnam War.

While he honored the late statesmen, Obama also threw a not-so-subtle dig at Donald Trump, lamenting how much of politics is "trafficking in bombast and insult and phony controversies and manufactured outrage...it's a politics that pretends to be tough but in fact is born of fear".

The Vietnam War hero, who became one of America's most high-profile politicians, died a week ago from brain cancer at the age of 81. The president did not attend Saturday's service and spent the morning sending tweets on other subjects.

In his suite at the Crown Plaza Hotel, Republican Presidential contender Senator John McCain hugs his daughter Meghan McCain, with his wife Cindy McCain behind them, on January 8, 2008 in Nashua, N.H.

Graham on CNN's "State of the Union" denied reports that he had invited White House senior advisers Trump and Kushner, saying "nobody was at that funeral that did not get invited by the family". "It's a politics that pretends to be courageous and tough but in fact is born in fear".

It was a set of values that should serve as a reminder, he said: "If we're ever tempted to forget who we are, to grow tired of our cause, John's voice will always come as a whisper over our shoulder: 'We're better than this". "And now we have a leader who is either unable or unwilling to unite the country and at the same time to be able to use the strength of America ... to make the world a better place".

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The president's motorcade arrived at Trump National Golf Club in Loudoun County, Virginia around 11:16 am (1516 GMT) while eulogies to McCain were being delivered at his funeral at Washington's National Cathedral.

Obama also noted McCain's support for a free press. The short moment of friendship between presidents found its way onto social media, with the short video clip shooting to the top of the link-sharing site Reddit and making the rounds on Twitter.

Watch Bush's full eulogy for Sen.

"He loved freedom with a passion of a man who knew its absence". "He respected the dignity inherent in every life, a dignity that does not stop at borders and can not be erased by dictators", Bush said according to Reuters.

"Perhaps above all, John detested the abuse of power. He could not abide bigots and swaggering despots".

The feelings of many at the memorial were quite clear.

Earlier Saturday, the flag-draped casket of McCain, a prisoner of war in Vietnam for more than five years, was taken by honour guard from the US Capitol and placed in a black hearse. Like at Nancy Reagan's memorial service or the September 2016 dedication ceremony of the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, DC.

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