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Tuesday, May 8, 2018

John McCain does not want Donald Trump to go to his funeral

Por Rory

US Senator John McCain, 81, with brain cancer, has said he does not want President Donald Trump to attend his funeral, US media reported. The Republican senator from Arizona maintains tense relations with Trump. McCain wants it to be Vice President Mike Pence, and not the president, who represents the White House during his funeral, as reported by "The New York Times" and "NBC News," citing people close to McCain.

In addition, in a book that will appear at the end of May and in a documentary, the Republican senator regrets not having chosen the former Senator Joseph Lieberman, instead of Sarah Palin, during his candidacy for the White House in 2008 against Barack Obama, according to The New York Times. John McCain, veteran of the Vietnam War, has been fighting a very aggressive form of brain cancer for more than a year. Despite the medical efforts, it seems that the situation of the legislator, known in the Upper House, as the "maverick", does not improve, so that his closest circle is preparing for his death. Now he has returned to Arizona, where he is recovering from an operation for an intestinal infection and he has already started planning his funeral.

Since his arrival at the White House, McCain's relationship with Trump has been very tense, since the historic and influential senator does not look kindly on many of the president's policies or his way of managing foreign relations. The bad relations between McCain and Trump reached their maximum tension during the campaign of the Republican primaries for the 2016 presidential elections. In a campaign speech, the current president attacked McCain, captured in Vietnam when his plane was shot down in 1967, saying that he did not consider him a hero. “Is he a hero because he was captured? I like people who have not been captured," he said then. Last summer, McCain voted against the partial repeal of "Obamacare," Barack Obama's health care law, torpedoing one of Donald Trump's central promises. His decision unleashed the anger of the American president.

According to the Times, McCain has asked to be replaced in the Upper House by someone of his closest confidence, and the newspaper points out that it could be his wife Cindy, who would hold office until the November legislative elections. In addition, McCain has asked presidents Barack Obama, against whom he lost in the 2008 elections, and George W. Bush, who won him in the primaries of his party in 2000, to say a few words in his response.