John McCain does not want Donald Trump to attend his funeral
John McCain, the ailing Republican senator, does not want President Donald Trump to attend his funeral, the White House has been told.
Instead, his associates have requested Vice President Mike Pence be present for the ceremony when the time comes, with former presidents Barack Obama and George W Bush giving eulogies at the National Cathedral in Washington, according to the New York Times.
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Mr McCain a former presidential candidate and Vietnam war hero, has been undergoing treatment for glioblastoma, a rare brain cancer, since his diagnosis last year.
He and Mr Trump have had a turbulent relationship. During the 2016 presidential primary candidate Trump said Mr McCain was considered a war hero only "because he was captured" during the Vietnam War and that he preferred military figures who avoided being taken prisoner by the enemy.
And last summer, the US leader criticised the Arizona politician for his "no" vote that helped doom a key part of his Obamacare repeal bill in the Senate.
Reading from his memoir to be published next month, the 81 year-old said on Friday: " I don’t know how much longer I’ll be here.
"Maybe I’ll have another five years, maybe with the advances in oncology they’ll find new treatments for my cancer that will extend my life. Maybe I’ll be gone before you hear this, my predicament is, well, rather unpredictable."
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In the memoir, The Restless Wave: Good Times, Just Causes, Great Fights, and other Appreciations, he also reveals regret for picking Sarah Palin as his running mate.
Speaking yesterday, Ben Domenech, his son in law, said he was "doing well" and that he and his family were grateful for the well wishes and prayers but that this was a "terrible disease."