True American Hero; JOHN MCCAIN, 1936-2018: DEATH OF TRUMP FOE; Vietnam War Vet and Senator as He Loses Cancer Battle

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True American Hero; JOHN MCCAIN, 1936-2018: DEATH OF TRUMP FOE; Vietnam War Vet and Senator as He Loses Cancer Battle


Byline: CHRISTOPHER BUCKTIN US Editor

GREATLY respected as a politician with principles, war hero turned presidential candidate John McCain lived and died on his own terms.

The US Senator, 81, passed away at home, just a day after his family announced he had stopped treatment for the aggressive brain cancer he had battled for a year.

As America mourned the loss of McCain yesterday, politicians from across the divide were united in praising the father of five.

Yet Donald Trump, who was often at loggerheads with fellow Republican McCain, failed to honour his achievements and only offered sympathy to the family.

A statement from McCain's office stated he died on Saturday at 4.28pm, with wife Cindy and other close family present.

It added: "At his death, he had served the United States of America faithfully for 60 years."

Cindy, 64, paid tribute saying: "My heart is broken.

"I am so lucky to have lived the adventure of knowing this incredible man for 38 years. He passed the way he lived, on his own terms, surrounded by the people he loved, in the place he loved best."

At IDEALS Former President Barack Obama, who triumphed over McCain in the 2008 election, led tributes from the world of politics.

he He said: "John McCain and I were members of different generations, from 60 completely different backgrounds and competed at the highest level of politics.

"But we shared, for all our differences, a fidelity to something higher - the ideals for which generations of Americans and immigrants alike have fought, marched and sacrificed. We saw our political battles, even, as a privilege."

Both men were known for their dignity during the 2008 race for the White House. At some Republican rallies, crowds disparaged black people and Muslims. But when a woman said she did not trust Obama because "he's an Arab", McCain replied: "No, ma'am. He's a decent family man, a citizen that I just happen to have disagreements with on fundamental issues."

Former President George W Bush, who defeated McCain for the 2000 Republican presidential nomination, called his former rival a "man of deep conviction and a patriot of the highest order". President Michael D Higgins yesterday led Irish tributes. He said: "Members of the Irish communities in the US will recall his efforts with the late Senator Edward Kennedy and others to achieve a resolution of the position of outof-status immigrants, including the Irish."

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar tweeted: "On behalf of the people of Ireland, I extend my deepest sympathies on the death of Senator John McCain, a wise and remarkable statesman, US ally of Ireland and a proud Scots Irishman who was a champion for immigration reform in the US Senate."

Such tributes were in stark contrast to the words of serving President Trump, who has been banned from the funeral. Trump tweeted: "My deepest sympathies and respect go out to the family of Senator John McCain. Our hearts and prayers are with you."

The feud between Trump and McCain dated back to 2015 when the billionaire announced he was running for President and called Mexican immigrants rapists and drug runners during a speech. …

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