Phoenix: United States President Donald Trump will not attend funeral ceremonies for John McCain in Washington this weekend, a spokesman for the late Senator confirmed on Monday.
“The president will not be, as far as we know, attending the funeral. That’s just a fact,” longtime aide Rick Davis told a press briefing in Arizona.
Late senator John McCain will lie in state at the US Capitol in Washington on Friday, followed by a memorial service at the National Cathedral before being laid to rest at the US Naval Academy in nearby Annapolis on September 2, his office said.
Ahead of the national ceremonies, McCain will lie in state at the Arizona State Capitol Rotunda on Wednesday and a memorial service will take place at the North Phoenix Baptist Church.
Influential US Senator John McCain, a Vietnam war hero and a towering figure in the American political scene, who turned out to be a prominent critic of President Donald Trump has died following a battle with an aggressive form of brain cancer. He was 81.
McCain, a six-term senator from Arizona, who was a friend of India, had been suffering from a malignant brain tumor, called a glioblastoma, for which he had been treated periodically with radiation and chemotherapy since its discovery in 2017.
According to a statement from his office, McCain died on August 25 at 4:28 p.m. local time. His family announced on Friday that he was discontinuing medical treatment.
(Inputs from PTI)