Tuesday, 11 December, 2018

Trump Responds to Death of John McCain

Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Sen. John McCain R-Ariz. arrives on Capitol Hill in Washington Tuesday Jacquelyn Martin AP
Ben Pena | 26 August, 2018, 12:44

John McCain, a former prisoner of war in Vietnam who served as a U.S. senator from Arizona for more than three decades, died on Saturday at the age of 81.

His office says the Arizona senator died Saturday afternoon. "At his death, he had served the United States of America faithfully for sixty years", McCain's office said in the statement.

He said the President, who once ridiculed Mr. McCain's wartime confinement in a withering comment that startled the political establishment and that the senator never forgave, "has declined to distinguish the actions of our government from the crimes of despotic ones, " adding, "Flattery secures his friendship, criticism his enmity".

"He was a giant".

Senator John McCain was an American patriot and hero whose sacrifices for his country, and lifetime of public service, were an inspiration to millions. Simply managing to stand uncomfortably close to Poehler without breaking for the entire length of this sketch would be a victory for most hosts, but McCain drove the jokey melodrama home with his creepy grin and weaselly line-readings.

Daughter Meghan McCain described her father as a "great fire who burned bright".

"I was with my father at his end, as he was with me at my beginning", she wrote.

"His love and his care, ever present, always unfailing, took me from a girl to a woman", she said.

McCain is welcomed by US President Richard Nixon on May 24, 1973, in Washington, following his release from captivity. The family announced on Friday that McCain had made a decision to discontinue medical treatment.

Former President George W. Bush released a statement saying "Some lives are so vivid, it is hard to imagine them ended".

According to The New York Times, McCain had been undergoing treatment for his cancer since July 2017.

As described by Booker, John Sidney McCain III was a major player in the political landscape of the state of Arizona.

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As McCain said numerous times, "I'm the luckiest man I know". Back on McCain's Arizona ranch, the senator gave Collins an extensive nature tour of the property.

McCain entered the Naval Academy in 1954, soon after graduating from a prep school in Alexandria, VA. At his side are his first wife Carol and son Doug.

But it would be another two years before McCain first emerged onto the national stage.

He was shot down over Hanoi in October of 1967 while on his 23rd bombing mission inside a Skyhawk dive bomber.

He broke both arms and a leg in the crash.

Grainy black and white video shows the wounded the pilot parachuting into Truc Bach Lake where was captured and beaten by the North Vietnamese who brought him ashore. He served in the Navy from 1958 until 1981, ending his career as a decorated captain with awards such as the Silver Star, Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross and Purple Heart.

Senator McCain is survived by his wife, Cindy, seven children and five grandchildren.

During the campaign, he overcame attacks that he was a carpetbagger and won a seat in Congress. He was elected to Congress in 1982 and to the Senate four years later, replacing the retired Barry Goldwater.

In his valedictory memoir, "The Restless Wave", McCain wrote of the world he inhabited: "I hate to leave it".

As a young politician he was tempted by the lure of power and money, caught up in an influence-peddling scandal that almost cost him his career. The world will miss John McCain. We never quit. We never hide from history.

"A life lived embodying those truths casts a long, long shadow". He ended up losing the general election with 45.7% of the vote. He was defeated by Illinois Senator Barack Obama.

Once again, he would show his resolve.

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