Phoenix: Much like the previous year of his life, Senator John McCain's, final words were full of both subtle and not-so-subtle rebukes to President Donald Trump. "John McCain, a true friend of the Philippines and one of our champions in the United States Congress", Cayetano said in a statement.
In July 2017, McCain was diagnosed with a tumour called a glioblastoma, which is an aggressive type of brain cancer but returned to the Senate after his diagnosis and cast a pivotal vote against a Republican bill to undo the Affordable Care Act - Obamacare.
"If the president put out a flowery statement about John McCain's life, the media would criticize it and say it's not consistent with the other things he's said in the past, and it would become a story about the president", Short said during an appearance on CNN.
"My deepest sympathies and respect go out to the family of Senator John McCain".
"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", Trump said in a statement issued by the White House.
As recently as June, McCain tweeted his support for Canada after U.S. President Donald Trump accused Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of being "very dishonest and weak" following a dispute over tariffs at the G7 Summit in Charlevoix, Que.
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Former Vice President Joe Biden will speak at a separate service honoring the senator in Arizona. "Our hearts and prayers are with you!" he tweeted instead.
Leahy said McCain was willing to defend "the Senate's special and independent role in American government".
"If only we remember that, and give each other the benefit of the presumption that we all love our country, we will get through these challenging times", McCain added.
The death of Senator John McCain is being mourned by US Jewish groups and Israeli political leaders from across the political spectrum.
A formal ceremony will be held in the Capitol Rotunda at about 11 a.m. Friday, McCain's office announced, followed by an opportunity for members of the public to file by the senator's casket from 2 to 8 p.m.