Hatch Apologizes to McCain for Suggesting Trump Should Attend His Funeral

Sen. Orrin Hatch apologized Tuesday for his comments criticizing Sen. John McCain's reported request that President Donald Trump not attend his eventual funeral

Hatch Apologizes to McCain for Suggesting Trump Should Attend His Funeral

Despite profound political differences, McCain asked former President Barack Obama to deliver the eulogy at his funeral.

Others agreed that it was ultimately McCain's choice, and one Twitter user wrote: "You can find out everything you need to know about a person by whether they are outraged at John McCain's decisions about his OWN funeral".

The New York Times had reported over the weekend that the ailing McCain has specifically said that he does not want Trump to come to his funeral, preferring Vice-President Pence to attend instead.

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On Monday, Hatch said he thought it was "ridiculous" that his fellow Senate Republican, who is recovering from cancer treatment in his home state of Arizona, wanted to keep the President from his funeral. "He does not believe that Donald Trump represents the kind of moral authority the president of the United States should represent for our country", he explained. Orrin Hatch, called McCain's decision "ridiculous", and said he would choose differently because Trump is "a very good man".

Trump also took umbrage with McCain's decision previous year to vote against a repeal-and-replace measure of Obamacare.

Trump was known for mocking McCain's service in the military and as a prisoner of war.

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McCain announced last summer that he is battling an aggressive form of brain cancer - the same type that killed his friend, Sen.

Hatch then had a change of heart. McCain's daughter, Meghan, and his wife, Cindy, have publicly rebuked Trump's behavior.

Hatch added that he does not expect McCain to return to the Senate. The entire Democratic Party caucus opposed the bill. As part of his funeral arrangements, he has chosen not to invite President Donald Trump to the service.

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During the interview Trump admitted he also raised over $1 million for McCain's 2008 presidential campaign but became bitter after McCain lost.

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