Washington comes together for McCain, with one exception

An honour guard stands over the coffin of John Mc Cain

An honour guard stands over the coffin of John Mc Cain

Wife Cindy McCain and daughter, The View host Meghan McCain's reactions to seeing his casket at the capitol rotunda are heartbreaking.

McCain chose a Russian dissident as a pallbearer, though Trump has professed repeatedly his affinity and admiration for Russian President, Vladimir Putin - praise that came amid special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. White House Chief of Staff Gen. John Kelly was there with Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway.

The church's senior pastor, Noe Garcia, pronounced McCain "a true American hero".

The service brought to a close two days of mourning for the USA senator and 2008 presidential nominee in his home state.

John McCain's casket has arrived at the U.S. Capitol where it will lie in state. and TMZ will be live streaming it when it begins at approximately 11 AM ET.

The Economist/YouGov poll taken between August 26-28 found that just over half of US adults who identify as Republicans have a favorable view of the late senator, while 75 percent of Democrats have a somewhat or very favorable view of McCain. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis greeted the McCain family Thursday night when the senator's casket was flown into Joint Base Andrews, Maryland.

He was of course there to recognize McCain's years of service, but also to call out the "dishonorable service" of President Trump, who he also called a "coward".

He said his friend "could not stand the abuse of power wherever he saw it, in whatever form, in whatever country".

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At the end of the almost 90-minute ceremony Thursday, McCain's casket was wheeled out of the church to My Way, in tribute to a politician known for following his own path.

For more from the Capitol Hill memorial for McCain, see the slideshow below. McCain was "a man of conviction, a man of state", Ryan said.

The absence of Trump - who on Friday will travel to one of his private golf clubs for a campaign fundraiser - reflected the animosity between the two men that lingered even after McCain's death on Saturday from brain cancer.

President Donald Trump defended his reaction to Arizona Sen.

"It was this approach to humanity", the 34-year-old Cardinals wideout continued, "that made Senator McCain so respected by countless people around the world, including me". McCain ran against Bush for the Republican nomination in 2000 and lost the presidency to Obama in 2008.

The memorial was laced with humor and featured a racially and ethnically diverse roster of speakers and other participants.

After the ceremony, the public will pass through the Rotunda for six hours to pay their respects to Senator McCain by filing past his coffin, which was brought into the Rotunda and placed atop a pine board catafalque originally built in 1865 for president Abraham Lincoln's casket.

Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, who is black, talked about his unlikely connection with McCain, a big fan of the state's sports teams.

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