WASHINGTON, DC – SEPTEMBER 1: (L-R) Cindy McCain, her son James McCain, daughter Meghan McCain, Bridget McCain and John Sidney McCain IV look on as the casket of the late Senator John McCain is loaded into a Hearse following his funeral service at the Washington National Cathedral, September 1, 2018 in Washington, DC. Former presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush delivered eulogies for McCain in front of the 2,500 invited guests. McCain will be buried on Sunday at the U.S. Naval Academy Cemetery. Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP
Ex-presidents Barack Obama and George W Bush have paid tribute to Senator John McCain at a memorial service at Washington’s National Cathedral.
The Vietnam War hero, who became one of America’s most high-profile politicians, died a week ago from brain cancer at the age of 81.
His daughter Meghan was the first to speak, paying an emotional tribute to her father while also criticising President Donald Trump’s agenda.
Mr Trump was not invited to the service.
The two Republicans had major differences, both personal and political, and Mr McCain’s family made it clear that Mr Trump was not welcome.
Members of the Trump administration who were present included the president’s daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner.
Meghan McCain told mourners at the cathedral:
“We gather here to mourn the passing of American greatness.
“The real thing, not cheap rhetoric from men who will never come near the sacrifice he gave so willingly, nor the opportunistic appropriation of those who live lives of comfort and privilege while he suffered and served.
“The America of John McCain is generous and welcoming and bold, she is resourceful and confident and secure, she meets her responsibilities, she speaks quietly because she is strong.
“America does not boast, because she does not need to. The America of John McCain has no need to be made great again, because America was always great.”