Trump visits golf course while Washington mourns McCain

Former presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush will also be among the speakers honoring the late senator at the service.

Often fighting through tears, McCain called her father a "great warrior" but said she admired him most as a "great father".

"It was a true honour to lead the Canadian delegation with Andrew Leslie to pay tribute to a great American and a true friend to Canada for his service", said Sajjan, adding that former cabinet minister Peter MacKay was also at the funeral.

"It was not about what was going to make John McCain more famous, more important, whatever", he said. "In a way, it's the last great gift that John McCain gave America". Other notable attendees included President Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton, Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, and former Secretary of State Madeline Albright. McCain was known for making many friends across party lines, but he was decidedly not friendly with President Donald Trump. "He's not a war hero", Trump said about McCain, who was a Vietnam veteran and a prisoner of war.

McCain was honored at the Washington National Cathedral, before his final resting place at the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.

Material from the New York Times, CNN, John McCain's U.S. Senate Office, and the Washington Post was used in this report.

Democratic former Vice President Joe Biden, who delivered an emotional eulogy for McCain at a memorial service in Arizona on Thursday, served as a pallbearer on Saturday.

Every aspect of the senator's weeklong memorial carried political and personal significance, including his pall bearers Saturday.

Aside from Trump, another notable figure not invited to the funeral was McCain's 2008 running mate Sarah Palin, who became associated with the far-right movement that in some ways nurtured white identity politics. Held as a prisoner until 1973, McCain was tortured by his North Vietnamese captors in a jail that Americans dubbed the "Hanoi Hilton". John McCain's memorial service Saturday at Washington National Cathedral, the last event in Washington of the five-day farewell tour.

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McCain died of brain cancer on August 25 aged 81.

"John's voice will always come as a whisper over our shoulder", Bush said. "At any moment, he might be preparing an eloquent reflection on human liberty - or a devastating joke, served up with his signature cackle and that John McCain glint in his eye".

Obama said when McCain asked him to speak at the memorial service, he felt a mixture of "sadness" and "a certain surprise". John McCain at the National Cathedral on September 1, 2018 in Washington, DC.

Trump, meanwhile, left the White House in the presidential motorcade shortly after 10:30 a.m., as the service was underway.

The former President acknowledged the contrast between himself and McCain, saying, "We were standard-bearers of different American political traditions".

Bush described McCain as a man with a code.

"With John, it was never feigned disagreement".

Also speaking on Friday, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan said McCain was "a man of conviction and a man of state". Larson died in 2014, and McCain wrote in his recent memoir that he wanted to be buried next to his friend, "near where it began".

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