His office says the Arizona senator died Saturday afternoon. A source close to McCain who asked not to be identified said Friday the senator was at his Arizona ranch with his family.
A patriot, war hero, true American and incredible Senator.
“I will need some time to absorb this, but I want Cindy -and the entire McCain family – to know they are in my prayers”, Graham added, referring to McCain’s wife.
“I’m probably the luckiest person you’ll ever interview”, McCain said as he reflected on the life he’s lived.
After numerous outlets discovered McCain’s passing, his daughter, The View co-host Meghan McCain, confirmed the news and shared an emotional recollection of her relationship with him.
President Trump has never retracted his 2015 comments about John McCain, and as reported by many, including the New York Post, was disinvited from McCain’s funeral by the senator prior to his death.
“My father, United States Senator John McCain III, departed this life today”, McCain began.
McCain last visited the Naval Academy last October, when he had a strong final message for the Brigade of Midshipmen.
In October 1967, McCain was shot down over Hanoi and captured. The crash and assault by his captors left him with two broken arms, a broken leg, broken shoulder and numerous stab wounds.
First lady Melania Trump thanked Mr McCain for his service to the nation, which included more than five years as a prisoner of war and six terms in the Senate. Most of the time, he was in solitary confinement. He was elected to Congress in the early 1980s and was elected to the Senate in 1986, replacing Barry Goldwater who retired. He eventually triumphed in 2008, becoming his party’s presidential nominee and running against then-Sen.
The vacancy created by Mr McCain’s death narrowed the Republican majority in the US Senate to 50 seats in the 100-member upper chamber, with Democrats controlling 49. The pair ultimately lost to Barack Obama and Joe Biden. “And to me, he was a friend whom I’ll deeply miss”.
He also conquered several cases on skin cancer.
McCain’s family announced the Arizona senator had passed away just one day after he made a decision to end treatment in his long and brutal battle against glioblastoma, an aggressive, cancerous brain tumor that required multiple surgeries and rounds of chemotherapy.
“We’re getting nothing done, my friends”.
The secretary of defence said the U.S. had “lost a man who steadfastly represented the best ideals of our country”.
As Hume points out, it doesn’t contain a “kind word about McCain himself”.