Donald Trump stays away as more than 10,000 people bid solemn farewell to John McCain at US Capitol

Donald Trump stays away as more than 10,000 people bid solemn farewell to John McCain at US Capitol
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Washington: Americans paid their final respects on Friday to John McCain as the national icon lay in state in the US Capitol as part of a momentous sendoff for the war hero and statesman.
McCain’s widow Cindy, his seven children and his 106-year-old mother Roberta McCain joined scores of members of Congress, state governors, diplomats and other dignitaries to bid the senator farewell.
President Donald Trump, who had feuded bitterly with McCain, was notably absent from the somber ceremony in the Capitol Rotunda, an honour accorded to just 30 Americans throughout the nation’s history.The last visit to Washington by McCain — who died last Saturday at age 81 after a yearlong battle with cancer — is being spread out over two days with former presidents George W Bush and Barack Obama to eulogise him during a memorial service on Saturday at the city’s National Cathedral.
Vice President Mike Pence and Karen Pence stand at the flag-draped casket bearing the remains of Sen. John McCain. APVice-President Mike Pence and Karen Pence stand at the flag-draped casket bearing the remains of Senator John McCain. AP
Just before 11 am (1500 GMT) Friday, a military honour guard carried the flag-draped casket up the Capitol stairs, moving one deliberate step at a time, while inside the Rotunda dark-suited mourners stood at silent attention.
The silver-haired Roberta McCain — whose presence was only confirmed on the eve of the ceremony — appeared composed as she drew near her son’s casket in a wheelchair, making the sign of the cross on her chest.