VP Mike Pence Speaks on Trump's Behalf at McCain's Funeral


Vice President Mike Pence honored late Senator John McCain as he lain in state Friday at the U.S. Capitol Rotunda.

While several social media users suggested that Meghan McCain was glaring mainly because Pence mentioned Trump in his speech, Washington Post columnist Jennifer Rubin went into further detail, writing that the senator's daughter might have been specifically reacting to Pence being a "spineless" representative of the president, who has yet to publicly condemn his controversial statements and actions. John McCain's mother - as Pence explained that the President had asked him to attend, drawing glares from the co-host of ABC's "The View".

In an official presidential proclamation Monday, President Donald Trump said he had asked the vice president to offer an address at the ceremony honoring McCain.

He continued, "We gather here today to honor an American patriot who served a cause greater than himself. And John McCain served his country honorably".

"In every generation, there are those who put country first, who prize service ahead of self, who summon idealism from a cynical age".

A formal funeral service will be held Saturday at Washington National Cathedral, where former Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush will speak.

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McCain's extensive service to the United States.

McCain died Saturday after being diagnosed past year with an aggressive form of brain cancer.

McCain spoke out several times against Trump, including after the president's summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, at which Trump appeared to side with Putin instead of US intelligence officials on the issue of election interference.

After welcoming guests and family members to the Friday service, Pence avoided partisanship and focused on Sen.

Pence delivered an executive wreath in front of McCain's casket on behalf of the executive branch.

The White House came under fire two days after McCain's death when flags were raised to full-staff, while the U.S. Capitol and other federal buildings remained at half-staff.