United States President Donald Trump has finally broken his silence on the passing of Republican Senator John McCain. This lack of acknowledgement was even after the family announced that McCain would be discontinuing treatment for his brain cancer on Friday, August 24, 2018.
The flags at the White House were being flown at half-mast after the announcement came on Saturday night stating McCain had died. At 7:44 p.m. on Saturday night, Trump finally made a comment through his usual Twitter platform saying,
“My deepest sympathies and respect go out to the family of Senator John McCain. Our hearts and prayers are with you!”
Like most every action of President Donald Trump, there was massive reaction with some responses crying shame on this late acknowledgement of McCain’s illness and describing it as hardly sincere.
This was made worst due to Trump making same comment via his Instagram account but accompanying said post with a photo of himself. Although, in and of itself, such action is expected and very …Trump-ly.
Over the last few months, McCain made no effort to depart from his views on President Trump’s America Firstideology as contrary to the very values and traditions of the United States, particularly where inclusion and global leadership were concerned.
In May 2018, CNN had reported that the family of McCain invited former United States presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush to read eulogies at the funeral of McCain. The family was also reputed to have said Donald Trump was not invited to the funeral.
Vice President Mike Pence then took the lead of his superior to send his deepest condolences to the wife of Senator McCain, Cindy McCain and the family on behalf of his wife, Karen Pence.
The political world and numerous celebrities have also been paying tribute to the former politician who was well known for his commitment to bipartisan relations. Barack Obama was among them stating “Few of us have been tested the way John once was, or required to show the kind of courage that he did”. Obama went on to say that he and wife Michelle “Send our most heartfelt condolences to Cindy and their family.”