McCain to be buried near best friend at US Naval Academy

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John McCain's service and he will lie in state in both the nation's capital and Arizona as part of a cross-country funeral procession ending with his burial at the U.S. Naval Academy, according to plans taking shape Sunday.

The Republican Senator and Vietnam War fighter pilot has died at the age of 81.

In his first formal statement on McCain's death, President Donald Trump said that he respected McCain's service and had ordered the flags back down. McCain was subsequently captured by the North Vietnamese and he was a prisoner of war until 1973. Before his political career, he had graduated from the US Naval Academy and served in the Navy from 1958-1981.

"An American president does not lead the free world by congratulating dictators on winning sham elections", McCain said.

Alex Wong/Getty ImagesPresident Trump and John McCain had feuded for years, and Trump was reportedly not invited to McCain's funeral.

Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, who blocked McCain's own White House ambitions, are among those expected to speak at McCain's funeral at Washington National Cathedral.

Mr. Obama, who defeated McCain in 2008 presidential race, issued a statement shortly after McCain's death saying that "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". The Republican establishment's favorite, Rep. Martha McSally, has linked herself to the president as she tries to fend off far-right challenges from Arpaio and Kelli Ward, a onetime state senator who won almost 40 percent of the vote in a 2016 primary against McCain.

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.

Members of the military also lauded McCain, a former prisoner of war in Vietnam.

McCain will be laid to rest next to his classmate and lifelong friend, Admiral Chuck Larson.

"I think it should be a conservative, someone that supports President Trump - I think that should be the main issue", said Joe Arpaio, the former county sheriff whom Trump pardoned past year and who is currently running for the seat now held by Flake, who is not seeking re-election. McSally is seeking the Republican nomination for the Senate seat in Arizona. When former first lady Barbara Bush died, Trump issued a proclamation in her honor - keeping the flags at half-staff until the day she was buried.

Trump and McCain were at odds until the end. John McCain, R-Ariz., frame the U.S. Capital at daybreak in Washington, Sunday, Aug. 26, 2018.

McCain frequently criticized Trump for his behavior and policies, and dramatically cast the deciding vote to not repeal the Affordable Care Act a year ago, an act that drew a round of angry tweets from Trump.

Praise for McCain however was not universal: Chinese social media users called him an "enemy of China" for his hawkish foreign policy views.

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