Nation to mourn Senator John McCain on Friday at the Capitol where he served for decades

The coffin covered by the flag of the late US Senator John McCain, Republican of Arizona, arrives at a military plane at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, on August 30, 2018. McCain will remain in the state at the Capitol on Friday.

The nation will continue to honor Arizona Senator John McCain on Friday with a memorial service at the United States Capitol where he served since 1983.

McCain's body will be in state at the Capitol Rotunda, an honor reserved only for 13 senators in history.

Vice President Mike Pence will make statements at a ceremony, but President Donald Trump will not be there. Trump will fly to Charlotte for a retirement security event at a fundraiser at one of his golf clubs on Friday afternoon.

His departure almost coincides with the end of the monument, where McCain's widow, Cindy, will be escorted to see his coffin and begin a period of public observation.

The coffin covered by the flag of the late US Senator John McCain, Republican of Arizona, arrives at a military plane at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, on August 30, 2018. McCain will remain in the state at the Capitol on Friday.

The coffin covered by the flag of the late US Senator John McCain, Republican of Arizona, arrives at a military plane at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, on August 30, 2018. McCain will remain in the state at the Capitol on Friday.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Speaker of the House of Representatives Paul Ryan will talk about him and minority leader in the Senate, Charles Schumer, will participate in a wreath.

The bearers of military corps will receive the body of McCain, who was moved overnight from Arizona, where he held the memorial service on Thursday in his home state.

When Washington's political leaders meet at the US Capitol on Friday to commemorate the late Senator John McCain, President Donald Trump will travel to one of his private golf clubs for a fundraising campaign.

Trump defended his handling of McCain's death in an interview on Thursday with Bloomberg.

Cindy McCain, wife of the late United States Senator John McCain, Republican of Arizona, accompanies the Secretary of Defense of the United States, James Mattis, after arriving at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, on August 30, 2018.

Cindy McCain, wife of the late United States Senator John McCain, Republican of Arizona, accompanies the Secretary of Defense of the United States, James Mattis, after arriving at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, on August 30, 2018.

Cindy McCain, wife of the late United States Senator John McCain, Republican of Arizona, accompanies the Secretary of Defense of the United States, James Mattis, after arriving at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, on August 30, 2018.

McCain's wife, Cindy, will be among the family members at the US Capitol ceremony.

McCain's wife, Cindy, will be among the family members at the US Capitol ceremony.

McCain's wife, Cindy, will be among the family members at the US Capitol ceremony.

Cindy McCain, center, wife of Senator John McCain, Republican of Arizona, greets Senator Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., Left, on Thursday, August 30, 2018, at Andrews Air Force Base, Md.

Cindy McCain, center, wife of Senator John McCain, Republican of Arizona, greets Senator Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., Left, on Thursday, August 30, 2018, at Andrews Air Force Base, Md.

Cindy McCain, center, wife of Senator John McCain, Republican of Arizona, greets Senator Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., Left, on Thursday, August 30, 2018, at Andrews Air Force Base, Md.

The failed public response included that the White House flag rose from half the staff on Monday and then went down again. South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham, a close friend of McCain, says he called Trump's advisers to intervene on the flag issue.

When asked if he had missed the opportunity to unite the country, Trump told Bloomberg reporters: "No, I do not think I have done it at all. I have done everything they asked and no, I do not think I have done it at all.

In a week of solemn events marking the death of McCain, Trump has been and will be absent, a reflection of the animosity between the two men that lasted even after the death of the Arizona senator on Saturday from brain cancer.

President Donald Trump flies Friday to North Carolina for an event and fundraiser

President Donald Trump flies Friday to North Carolina for an event and fundraiser

President Donald Trump flies Friday to North Carolina for an event and fundraiser

Trump will also miss Saturday's service at the National Cathedral in Washington, where former President Barack Obama, the Democrat who defeated McCain in 2008, and Republican President George W. Bush will pay homage to McCain.

Traditionally, seated American presidents "serve as a source of comfort and consolation" for the country in times of loss and tragedy, said Princeton University Historian Julian Zelizer.

The Trump-McCain relationship left little room for that.

Vietnam war veteran John McCain died of aggressive brain cancer last Saturday at age 81

Vietnam war veteran John McCain died of aggressive brain cancer last Saturday at age 81

Vietnam war veteran John McCain died of aggressive brain cancer last Saturday at age 81

Trump refused to answer questions from reporters about McCain's death on at least four occasions during a White House briefing

Trump refused to answer questions from reporters about McCain's death on at least four occasions during a White House briefing

Trump refused to answer questions from reporters about McCain's death on at least four occasions during a White House briefing

Vice President Mike Pence will speak at the Capitol ceremony in honor of McCain

Vice President Mike Pence will speak at the Capitol ceremony in honor of McCain

Vice President Mike Pence will speak at the Capitol ceremony in honor of McCain

In 2015, not long after Trump began his presidential campaign, McCain condemned his hawkish rhetoric about illegal immigration, accusing Trump of "kicking the fools".

Trump responded by saying that McCain was five and a half years as a prisoner of war in Vietnam: "He was a war hero because he was captured, I like people who were not captured." Trump received five postponements that removed him from military service.

More recently, McCain accused Trump of bowing to Russian President Vladimir Putin at a July summit in Helsinki. It was, McCain said, "one of the most shameful actions of a US president in memory."

Trump in turn delayed the issuance of any statement after McCain's death. At any given time, the US flag UU At the top of the White House, which had been at half mast, he recovered and then went back down after Trump set himself on fire from Congress and the veterans.

"The actions of the president on the first day of death (of McCain) were so insignificant," Zelizer said.

More generally, Zelizer noted that many Republicans, including some in Arizona, had been frustrated with McCain's moderate positions on some issues, reflecting the changing nature of the Republican Party that Trump has seized.

Despite these tensions, most leaders of both parties in the coming days will show that they can overcome the political struggle to recognize the death of a respected colleague.

McCain was involved in planning the events surrounding his funeral. He made it clear to family and friends that he wanted former Democratic vice president Joe Biden, Bush and Obama to speak, but that Trump was not welcome.

Friday's Capitol events will feature comments from Republican Vice President Mike Pence, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan, marking McCain's 35-year career in Congress.

While he and McConnell had their differences, McConnell, however, has called McCain a "lion of the Senate."

The public will file through the Rotunda for six hours to pay their respects to McCain as he passes by his coffin, which will rest on a pine board catafalque originally built in 1865 for the coffin of President Abraham Lincoln.

The bearers of the coffin in Saturday's cathedral service will include Biden and liberal actor and activist Warren Beatty, along with former Sen. Phil Gramm and former Defense Secretary William Cohen, both Republicans.

Throughout the history of the USA Only 32 times people "remained in the state" or "remained in honor" under the high Rotunda of the Capitol, including 11 presidents and soldiers unknown from the First World War to Vietnam. The late Senator Daniel Inouye was established in the state in 2012. (Richard Cowan's Report Edition of Kevin Drawbaugh and Cynthia Osterman)

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