John McCain, who has been fighting brain cancer for almost a year, told his inner circle that he does not want President Donald Trump to attend his funeral and would prefer Vice President Mike Pence to be present instead, according to a media report.
The Arizona Republican, 81, is recovering from surgery related to an intestinal infection and has been undergoing treatment for a rare, aggressive type of brain cancer called glioblastoma.
The New York Times reports that McCain’s close friends have notified the White House of his current plan, in which Pence will attend the senator’s funeral, but not Trump. The service will be held at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., with former Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush among those scheduled to deliver eulogies.
Trump did not attend the funeral of former first lady Barbara Bush in April in an effort “to avoid disruptions due to added security” and instead sent first lady Melania Trump to represent the White House. She was pictured in a photo that went viral alongside George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush and Laura Bush, Bill and Hillary Clinton, and Barack and Michelle Obama.