McCain’s health deteriorating quickly. Plans his funeral and excludes Trump

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John McCain does not intend to abandon his battle to save America from Donald Trump despite his illness, a brain tumor, which has taken away most of his life.

A longtime nemesis of the American president, McCain has entrusted his political testament to a memoir and a documentary, and looks ahead, to his funeral, whose preparations are already under way, and from which Donald Trump is excluded.

In his place he wants the “professional politician”, the vice president Mike Pence. But above all, former President George W. Bush and former adversary Barack Obama are also invited.

A clear signal of how McCain sees his America as a patriot as it has always been. A former prisoner of war in Vietnam, tortured by the Viet Cong in a notorious Hanoi prison for five years, the Republican senator asks former vice president Joe Biden, his friend and opponent, not to abandon politics.

Senator John Biden went to visit him. “Here John knows he’s in a very, very, very precarious situation, and yet he’s still concerned about the state of the country,” Mr. Biden said in an interview. “We talked about how our international reputation is being damaged and we talked about the need for people to stand up and speak out.”

As he battles brain cancer and the debilitating side effects of his aggressive treatment, Mr. McCain himself is reckoning with his history and the future, as he and a stream of friends share memories and say what needs to be said.

When Axios reported Trump had been “physically mocking” McCain for the thumbs down gesture the senator indicated during his vote, McCain’s daughter Meghan tweeted, “What more must my family be put through right now? This is abhorrent.”

Meghan McCain tweeted Friday that she was heading home to Arizona “to be with my family” and plans to return to her job on “The View” on Tuesday. She added, “Thank you all again for your prayers, patience, understanding and compassion during this time. It means the world to me and my entire family.”

Friends of McCain have visited him recently in Arizona, including former Vice President Joe Biden. McCain, who has served in the Senate since 1987 and in the House before that, has not returned to Capitol Hill for several months due to his cancer treatment.

Sources New York Times, MSN

 

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