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United States senator and retired Navy Capt. John S. McCain died yesterday in Arizona after a long battle with cancer.

McCain will then be buried at the U.S. Naval Academy Cemetery in Annapolis, Md., according to his office.

Trump and McCain had feuded for years, most notably in 2016 when Trump said McCain was "not a war hero" because he had been captured in Vietnam. Jeff Flake, the state's other senator, repurposing Trump's caustic attack on McCain's Vietnam service and appealing to his party to "get away from this personality cult".

McCain graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1958. The US president's tweet following McCain's death on Saturday, in which he did not offer many kind words for the Republican maverick.

On Thursday morning, a memorial service for McCain will be held at North Phoenix Baptist Church.

Bush and Barack Obama, who blocked the Arizona Republican's own White House ambitions, are among those expected to speak at McCain's funeral. French President Emmanuel Macron tweeted in English that McCain "was a true American hero".

More than just the culmination of a political feud, the specter of Trump's highly visible absence from McCain's funeral observances underscored the degree to which the president has veered from the norms of his office, unwilling to act as a unifying force at major moments in the life of the country.

Some of Arizona's pro-Trump conservatives say that Ducey's top priority should be to appoint somebody who is unwaveringly loyal to the president. First lady Melania Trump tweeted thanks to McCain for his service to the country.

I will remember Senator John McCain as a champion for people around the world struggling for their right to be heard, and willing to risk everything for the freedoms and the democratic values that America represents to them.

All five living former presidents - Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush and Jimmy Carter - paid tribute to McCain's courage and character.

In 2015, McCain himself revealed the simple epitaph he wanted on his tombstone, which will stand alongside those of naval heroes going back to the 1800s: "He served his country". In 1986, he won a landslide election to the Senate, where he served for 30 years, during which time he launched two unsuccessful presidential bids.

McCain cast a decisive vote past year that killed Republican attempts to repeal Obama's health care reforms.

Arizona Republicans are skeptical Ducey would pick McCain's widow, in part because of questions about whether she would want to seek the nomination in 2020, but also because it could anger the pro-Trump voters that the governor will need to win in November. "This is a rare and distinct occurrence for a truly special man. John McCain is Arizona, and we will honor his life every way we can". On Sunday, an admiring tribute to McCain tweeted by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a progressive Democratic candidate for a NY congressional seat, was greeted by hundreds of vitriolic replies attacking the dead senator and branding Ocasio-Cortez a sellout and a panderer for praising him.


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