Text of farewell statement from Sen. McCain before his death

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McCain had been an outspoken critic of Trump since his early campaign days, and things got especially nasty when President Bone Spurs famously commented that he "likes people who weren't captured".

Ducey is balancing the demands of the many conservative Arizona Republicans who have soured on McCain due to his dovish immigration stance, criticism of President Donald Trump and vote against a rollback of President Barack Obama's health care law.

McCain will lie in state in the Arizona State Capitol, the state he served for decades in the U.S. Congress. Wednesday would have been the late senator's 82nd birthday. In the comment, she notes McCain's longtime service to the US government, and she also sends well wishes to his family.

A clip of the late Arizona Sen. Daniel Inouye, president pro tem of the Senate, who died in office in December 2012.

Trump sent a cursory tweet on Saturday - "My deepest sympathies and respect go out to the family of Senator John McCain".

US President Donald Trump, who clashed bitterly with McCain and in recent weeks had refused to mention him by name, tweeted a brief statement on Saturday.

Hollywood Life said that Melania has pushed Donald Trump to express himself in a honest way about McCain's passing and to do something honorable for the family of a man who contributed so much to this country.

Flags at the White House were lowered to half-staff over the weekend in McCain's honor, but back at full-staff on Monday.

Mr. Trump reportedly turned down a statement that praised Mr. McCain as a hero and highlighted his service as both of a member of the military and the Senate.

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"Do not despair", Senator McCain said in his final words to the American people.

"On the behalf of The American Legion's two million wartime veterans, I strongly urge you to make an appropriate presidential proclamation noting Senator McCain's death and legacy of service to our nation, and that our nation's flag be half-staffed through his internment".

Top Israeli officials were also quick to express their condolences over McCain's death.

Opposition leader and former Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni said, "John McCain was not only an American hero, but a hero to many all over the world".

McCain ran for president in 2000, losing the Republican nomination to the eventual 43rd president, George W. Bush, and in 2008, he ran again, this time winning his party's nomination.

Senator John McCain's allies and political foes have rallied in a rare show of unity in offering condolences on the death of the Vietnam war hero.

"I think it's a bit of a Catch-22", he said.

"A passionate advocate for American global leadership, Senator McCain rightly bemoaned those who favored a United States pullback from world affairs", Harris added.

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