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McCain's Memorial Left Trump Allies Furious—And Hoping Trump Would Strike Back On Twitter

By Dana Levinson

President Donald Trump was explicitly banned from attending Senator John McCain's funeral and memorial service by request of the late Senator. 

However, this did not stop him from being present. 

Envoys from the administration attended the Washington DC memorial.  Trump's eldest daughter and White House adviser Ivanka Trump chose to attend along with her husband, Jared Kushner. Vice President Mike Pence spoke and mentioned the President in his remarks. 

While others did not say his name or refer to "the President," many—including the staff at Fox News—decided descriptions of certain admirable traits in Senator McCain denigrated the President's actions and behavior. And that descriptions of the type of politics McCain disliked also perfectly matched Trump.

Among those speakers criticized by Fox News for speaking badly of Trump was former President Barack Obama who said:

"So much of our politics, our public life, our public discourse can seem small and mean and petty. Trafficking in bombast and insult, and phony controversies, and manufactured outrage. It's a politics that pretends to be brave and tough but, in fact, is born of fear."
"[Senator McCain] believed in honest argument and hearing other views [and] championed a free and independent press as vital to our democratic debate. He understood that if we get in the habit of bending the truth to suit political expediency or party orthodoxy, our democracy will not work."
"[Senator McCain understood] what makes our country great. Our membership is not based on our bloodline, not what we look like, what our last names are. It's not based on where out parents or grandparents came from or how recently they arrived, but on adherence to a common creed that all of us are created equal, endowed by our creator with certain inalienable rights."