Trump defends his public response to McCain's death: 'We had our disagreements'

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His departure almost coincides with the end of the memorial, where McCain's widow, Cindy, will be escorted to view his casket and a public viewing period will begin.

McCain will then be buried next to Naval Academy classmate and lifelong friend Admiral Chuck Larson. "For some reason we hit if off from the beginning".

What was perhaps one of the stranger sections of the interview was when Trump claimed that he had done everything to respect McCain that "they requested" - basically an admission that he had been forced to pay respects by his aides. "He made it easier for them to have confidence and faith in America", Biden said. That all politics is personal. It's all about trust.

"Whenever I was in trouble, John was the first guy there".

On Saturday, McCain will be carried by Armed Forces Body Bearers from the U.S. Capitol and moved by motorcade to Washington National Cathedral. They'd talk about family, politics and global relations.

Touching on his own losses, of his first wife and daughter, who died in a vehicle accident in 1972, and his son Beau in 2015, he counseled the McCain family on how to soldier on through their grief, and compared loss to "being sucked into a black hole inside your chest".

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Vice President Joe Biden, a Democrat who shared a presidential ticket with a man who beat McCain, remembered his former Senate colleague Thursday as one of the fiercest defenders of the Senate.

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"John's story is the American story", Biden insisted. "The days and years to come will not be the same without my dad - but they will be good days, filled with life and love, because of the example he lived for us".

The future Pro Football Hall of Famer spoke for more than seven minutes about the unlikely bond he developed with the senator and 2008 Republican presidential candidate, a connection that once led Fitzgerald - an avid world traveler in his offseasons - to visit the Vietnamese jail where McCain was held as a prisoner of war for over five years.

Mr Raymond Gonzales, 70, a veteran of Vietnam and the first Gulf War in 1990, told The Straits Times that Mr McCain had helped him recover after Vietnam.

"I don't want to comment on it", he said as Huckabee Sanders reportedly stared at him in the room.

Biden ended with a line that brought many in the audience to tears: "To paraphrase Shakespeare: we shall not see his like again".

The single-file procession through the Arizona Capitol rotunda, where McCain's flag-draped coffin was lying in state, stretched across the statehouse plaza and widened to two or three abreast as it extended down adjacent streets.

Seven family members will serve as pallbearers during McCain's ceremony at the U.S. Naval Academy: grandsons Andrew Jr. and Shep; granddaughters Caroline and Margaret; sons Andrew Sr. and Douglas; and son-in-law Ben Domenech, publisher of The Federalist.