Statement from Senator John McCain

Tuesday, 28 Aug, 2018

Mr McCain's family said the late Vietnam War veteran, who was hailed as a hero for spending months in enemy prison after being captured, recently demanded that his doctors should stop administering medication because his cancer had reached irrecoverable stage.

A final letter from Senator John McCain expressed his deep gratitude and love of country, and offered words of wisdom to his fellow Americans.

"Throughout his congressional career Senator McCain stood with Israel because throughout his life he stood up for America's allies and our shared democratic values", the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) said in a statement on Saturday. He had battled an aggressive form of brain cancer bravely, knowing when to exit wit victory in the hearts of his family and millions worldwide who cherished his ideals.

The maverick politician, who was a proponent of U.S. power, was taken prisoner of war in Vietnam but after his release helped secure the repatriation of the remains of missing-in-action soldiers.

In the statement, McCain reflected on the privilege of serving his country and said he tried to do so honorably.

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As recently as June, McCain tweeted his support for Canada after U.S. President Donald Trump accused Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of being "very dishonest and weak" following a dispute over tariffs at the G7 Summit in Charlevoix, Que.

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"At that time I liked him personally for his toughness and strong stance", he said.

Ted Kennedy, on Monday fondly remembered his father's friendship with the late Sen.

All five living former US presidents issued statements praising McCain.

Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Chief of Staff John F. Kelly and other White House aides advocated for an official statement that gave the decorated Vietnam War POW plaudits for his military and Senate service and called him a "hero", according to current and former White House aides, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive internal deliberations. He continued to issue statements and tweets, published a valedictory book and took part in an HBO documentary that some likened to starring in his own obituary.

His funeral ceremony will take place on Saturday at the National Cathedral, where former Presidents George W Bush and Barack Obama are expected to deliver eulogies.

Following the memorial service in Phoenix, McCain will be flown to Maryland's Joint Base Andrews, where he will be met by armed forces body bearers.

Vice-President Mike Pence will reportedly attend on behalf of the Trump administration.