John McCain Requested That George W. Bush and Barack Obama Deliver Eulogies at Funeral

NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 11: Democratic U.S. Presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) (L) and Republican U.S presidential nominee Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) arrive to visit Ground Zero on the 7th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks September 11, 2008 in New York City. McCain and Obama visited the World Trade Center area together to pay tribute to the more than 2,700 people killed on September 11, 2001. (Photo by Shannon Stapleton-Pool/Getty Images)

John McCain requested that former Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush deliver eulogies at his funeral, CBS News has confirmed. McCain, who had been suffering from an aggressive form of brain cancer, died Saturday at the age of 81 at home in Arizona. Both Mr. Obama and Mr. Bush will deliver their remarks during a service at the National Cathedral.

Former Vice President Joe Biden will speak at a separate service honoring the senator in Arizona.

McCain had long feuded with President Trump and, according to The Associated Press, two White House officials said McCain’s family had asked, before the senator’s death, that Mr. Trump not attend the funeral services. Vice President Pence is likely to attend, said the officials, who spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity.

The New York Times says, “Mr. McCain quietly declared before his death that he did not want Mr. Trump to take part in his funeral.”

According to Gov. Doug Ducey, McCain will lie in state at the Arizona Capitol on Wednesday, his birthday, before his body will be brought to Washington to lie in state at the U.S. Capitol.

The senator asked that he be buried at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, near the grave of a long time friend, something he told Lesley Stahl on “60 Minutes” in September 2017.

“I want, when I leave, that the ceremony is at the Naval Academy. And we just have a couple of people that stand up and say, ‘This guy, he served his country,'” McCain said.

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SOURCE: CBS News