The New York Times reported Saturday that Senator John McCain’s inner circle plans on not inviting President Trump to his memorial services. Instead, Vice President Pence will be welcomed to attend.
McCain was diagnosed with brain cancer last summer and has been battling the disease ever since.
The White House has already reportedly been informed by those close to the senator about their intentions to exclude Trump from the ceremony.
Given the number of times Trump has insulted McCain, it’s not surprising that neither he nor his family want the president at the funeral.
Perhaps most notable of all of Trump’s insults aimed at McCain was his assertion that the senator is not a war hero because he was captured as a prisoner while serving in Vietnam.
“He’s not a war hero. He’s a war hero because he was captured,” Trump said in July 2015. “I like people who weren’t captured.”
Both Trump and McCain consistently slammed one another during the 2016 election and have continued to do so during the Trump administration.
According to The Times’ report, no one in McCain’s inner circle is “explicitly” saying goodbye just yet, but they appear to be readying themselves for his potential passing.