President Donald Trump failed to mention late Sen. John McCain as he fired up crowds at an Indiana rally Thursday night, hours after defending his handling of the politician’s death.
In a wide-ranging speech at the Ford Center in Evansville, during which he ripped into Jeff Sessions and targeted the media and Hillary Clinton, the president failed to talk about McCain, whose casket arrived in Washington D.C. Thursday night.
It comes after the president told Bloomberg on Thursday that he properly honored McCain after his death.
Many were angry when Trump ordered the White House flag raised to full staff the day after the late Senator’s death. The flag on the White House roof was lowered again at 3.30pm on Monday.
President Trump failed to mention late Sen. John McCain as he fired up crowds at an Indiana rally Thursday night
President Donald Trump salutes as he walks off Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House after returning from Evansville, Indiana
The flag-draped casket of Sen. John McCain is carried by an Armed Forces body bearer team to a hearse at Andrews Air Force Base
On Monday Trump said in a statement: ‘Despite our differences on policy and politics, I respect Senator John McCain’s service to our country and, in his honor, have signed a proclamation to fly the flag of the United States at half-staff until the day of his interment.’
Asked by Bloomberg if he missed an opportunity to unite Americans and made a mistake, he replied: ‘No, I don’t think I did at all. I’ve done everything that they requested and no, I don’t think I have at all.’
It comes after South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham said he told Trump the president’s handling of his friend’s death ‘p***es me off.’
Graham revealed that he shared his anger with the president in an interview on the day the first of three memorial services for the American hero took place.
He did not say when he gave the president the admonition – but revealed that he pushed aides to bring the White House American flag back back to half-staff Monday.
Graham revealed he called aides to Trump to complain that the White House flag was no longer at half-staff
“It p***es me off to no end, and I let the president know it,’ Graham told CBS in an interview.
Graham said he found Trump’s response McCain, who spent decades in public service, captured the GOP’s presidential nomination in 2008, and spent five years as a North Korean POW, ‘disturbing.’
He said he didn’t call Trump to get him to lower the White House flag to half-staff – but acknowledged pressuring Trump’s aides.
‘No, but I called some people around him,’ he said.
‘I am going to do everything I can to help President Trump, and when he’s wrong, I will say so,’ Graham said. ‘It bothers me greatly when the president says things about John McCain.’
Cindy McCain, Meghan McCain and Bridget McCain are seen with US Secretary of Defense James Mattis as they watch the casket arriving on a military airplane at Joint Base Andrews
Members of the military carry the flag-draped casket at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland
John Sidney McCain III died on Saturday, August 25, at the age of 81, following a long battle with brain cancer
Graham tangled with Trump during the presidential campaign – the president famously released the senator’s personal cell phone during a campaign rally – only to become a confidant and golfing partner of Trump’s.
‘The way he’s handled the passing of John is just, was disturbing. We finally got it right… I am not going to give up on the idea of working with this president. The best way I can honor John McCain is help my country.’
Graham was on the tarmac at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland as McCain’s casket arrived Thursday night following ceremonies in his home state of Arizona.
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Senate staffers were also at the base to greet McCain’s widow, Cindy, and their children.
McCain’s body arrived at a funeral home in Washington D.C. Thursday evening, where it will remain overnight.
On Friday, a ceremony will be held at the U.S. Capitol building, where he will lie in state. On Saturday his funeral service will be held at the National Cathedral in Washington D.C.
He will be buried Sunday on Hospital Hill at Naval Academy Cemetery.
US Senator Lindsay Graham (left) awaits the arrival of the flag-draped casket of the late US Senator John McCain at Joint Base Andrews
His arrival in Maryland came after a memorial service Thursday, which was filled with laughter and tears as his longtime friends, led by former Vice President Joe Biden, recalled the stories that made McCain who he was.
‘My name’s Joe Biden. I’m a Democrat. And I love John McCain,’ Biden said during the nearly two-hour memorial service at North Phoenix Baptist Church.
He wiped away tears as he remembered their time together in the Senate. ‘This one’s hard,’ he said of his eulogy.
Biden’s tribute was filled with homages to McCain’s place in the world, his ‘ageless’ value system, and his love of America.
‘John’s story is the American story,’ Biden said.
His speech was peppered with his folksy talk that is a Biden trademark. And the former vice president grew animated when he spoke of the current political climate, his voice growing louder and his hands waving as he defended McCain’s values and decried the lack of respect seen in Washington.
His words appeared to be a shot at President Donald Trump, who McCain banned from attending his funeral service.
‘It wasn’t about politics with John,’ Biden practically shouted from the church pulpit. ‘He could disagree on substance but it was the underlying values that animated everything John did. Everything he was.’
‘Where he would part company with you was if you lacked the basic values of decency and respect, knowing this project is bigger than yourself,’ Biden added loudly.
‘He could not stand the abuse of power, wherever he saw it’ he noted of McCain, ‘in whatever form, in whatever country.’
The family of late Senator John McCain are pictured arriving at Joint Base Andrews
Cindy McCain, wife of John McCain, Republican of Arizona, walks with US Secretary of Defense James Mattis after arriving at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland
Cindy McCain walks with Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, followed by children Jack, Bridget, Jimmy and Andrew at Joint Base Andrews on Thursday
His said his friendship with McCain was like family.
‘I always thought of John as a brother. We had had a hell of a lot of family fights,’ he noted.
‘Whenever I was in trouble John was the first guy there. I hope I was there for him,’ he added.
Biden recalled how his son Beau died three years ago of the same brain cancer that took McCain’s life, the same cancer that also took the life of Sen. Ted Kennedy, another close McCain friend.
‘There are times when life can be so cruel, pain so blinding, it’s hard to see anything else,’ Biden said. ‘In order to survive, we have to remember how they lived-not how they died.’
Cindy McCain and former Vice President Joe Biden hug after John McCain’s memorial service in Phoenix on Thursday
Biden, in his eulogy for McCain, said the late senator hated those who ‘lacked the basic values of decency and respect, knowing this project is bigger than yourself’
Jimmy McCain, Meghan McCain, Jack McCain, Cindy McCain, Bridget McCain and Sidney McCain look on before a memorial service for Senator John McCain at North Phoenix Baptist Church
He also paid tribute to McCain’s 106-year-old mother Roberta, who was not present.
‘We know how difficult it is to bury a child Mrs. McCain. My heart goes out to you.’
He reminded Cindy McCain how much her husband loved her.
‘Cindy, John owed so much of what he was to you. You were his ballast. Whenever I was with you both I saw how he stared at you,’ Biden said.
And he had warm words for the couple’s children.
‘You may not have had your father as long as you liked but you got from him everything you need to full fill your dreams,’ Biden said.
He also said it was McCain’s faith in America, his love of country, that inspired so much love for the late senator. ‘It made average Americans proud of their country.’
He added: ‘His belief and it was deep that Americans can do anything, withstand anything, achieve anything was both unflagging and ultimately reassuring.’
‘He understood what I hope we all remember, heroes didn’t build this country, ordinary people being given half a chance are capable of doing extraordinary things, extraordinary things,’ Biden said.
‘I think John believed in us,’ he added. ‘He believed in the American people – all 325 million of us.’
‘John McCain’s impact on America is not over,’ he noted. ‘Not even close.’
He concluded with: ‘To paraphrase Shakespeare: We shall not see his like again.’
The McCains’ adopted daughter Bridget read from Ecclesiastes, her voice breaking up as she did so: ‘To everything there is a season; a time to every purpose under heaven, a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to pluck up which is planted.’
Over 1,000 mourners, including members of the general public, were on hand to remember McCain.
An honor guard made of representatives from the various service branches – Marines, Army, Navy, Air Force – escorted McCain’s casket throughout the day, into the church.
McCain’s remains were then taken to Goldwater Air National Guard Base, Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport for his final journey to Washington D.C.
Cindy McCain, their children, and buses full of friends joined the motorcade procession to accompany the late senator’s body.
The day had begun at the Arizona State Capitol building where McCain’s remains were removed from where lay in state in the rotunda.
McCain’s remains arrived at the Arizona Capitol on Wednesday, what would have been his 82nd birthday.
Former Vice President Joe Biden and his wife Jill Biden pause with hands over their hearts as they watch a military honor guard place the casket of Sen. John McCain into a hearse after the memorial service on Thursday at the North Phoenix Baptist Church
Cindy McCain boards a plane at Goldwater Air National Guard Base to accompany her husband’s remains to Washington D.C.
McCain will lie in state at the U.S. Capitol building on Friday – a place he spent over 30 years as a lawmaker and Naval aide – where lawmakers will hold a ceremony in his honor.
His flag-draped casket will lie atop the Lincoln Catafalque, a bier built for the funeral of President Abraham Lincoln.
Vice President Mike Pence will be the administration’s representative at that event and will lay a wreath.
House Speaker Paul Ryan will lay a House wreath and Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer will lay a Senate wreath.
Pence, Ryan, and McConnell will all give remarks on McCain and his service.
On Saturday, the McCain family will gather at the Capitol and escort McCain’s remains to the Vietnam War Memorial.
There, Cindy and the family will lay a wreath in honor of McCain’s service in the Vietnam War, where he was held for five years as a prisoner.
McCain’s funeral will take place at the National Cathedral with a parade of bold-faced names giving tributes and carrying his coffin.
Bridget McCain is escorted her brother Jimmy during the memorial service for their father
Grant Woods, McCain’s former chief of staff, gave a touching tribute where he called McCain ‘America’s hero’
The casket of Senator John McCain leaves the Arizona State Capitol
His daughter Meghan will give the first tribute. Jimmy McCain will read David Novak’s poem ‘The Requiem,’ which the senator read at his father’s funeral.
Former Sen. Joe Lieberman, former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, former President George W. Bush, and former President Barack Obama were hand-picked by McCain to pay tribute.
Readings will be done by two of McCain’s closest friends in the Senate: Sen. Graham and former Sen. Kelly Ayotte.
Additionally, Sidney McCain, the senator’s daughter from his first marriage, will read a piece from second Corinthians.
The pallbearers will include actor Warren Beatty, Biden, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, former Defense Secretary William Cohen, former Sen. Russ Feingold, former Sen. Phil Gramm, former Sen. Gary Hart, Russian dissident Vladimir Kara-Murza, former Gov. Tom Ridge, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, FedEx chairman Fred Smith, and McCain’s longtime aide and co-author Mark Salter.
Musical selections will include The Navy Hymn, The Battle Hymn of the Republic and American the Beautiful sung by the Cathedral Choir and Navy Choir.
Additionally, as specifically requested by McCain, who had worked on his funeral arrangements in the year before his death, ‘Danny Boy’ will be sung by opera star Renee Fleming.
He will be buried on Sunday in a private ceremony at Hospital Hill at the U.S. Naval Academy surrounded by his family, friends and his fellow naval academy classmates from the Class of ’58.
General David Petraeus, Lindsey Graham and Jack McCain will give tributes.
The Navy Choir will sing ‘Amazing Grace.’
Cindy McCain rests her cheek on husband John McCain’s coffin at Wednesday’s service at the Arizona State Capital
Meghan McCain says goodbye to her father at the state Capitol on Wednesday
Following the ceremony, McCain’s remains will be carried by the U.S. Navy Body Bearers and placed on the caisson. A procession will then form and proceed to the final resting place at the U.S. Naval Academy Cemetery.
John Sidney McCain III died on Saturday, August 25, at the age of 81, following a long battle with brain cancer.
He was born on August 29, 1936 in the Panama Canal Zone, where his father was stationed.
He was the son and grandson of four-star Navy admirals and followed his fore bearers to the Naval Academy.
He became a Navy pilot, was shot down during the Vietnam War, where he spent five years being tortured by North Vietnamese.
He moved to the Arizona at the age of 45 and served two terms representing the state in the U.S. House. He was elected to the Senate in 1987 and easily won reelection five times.
He ran for president twice but never made it to the highest office in the land. He lost the Republican nomination to George W. Bush in 2000 and the general election to Barack Obama in 2008. Both of those men will speak at his funeral.