Former POW from Duluth recalls time with McCain

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He never apologized or walked-back his comments, despite the fact that McCain was imprisoned and tortured in Vietnam for more than five years.

"Very keen sense of humor and a wonderful traveling companion and friend", former Colorado Sen.

The Vietnam prisoner of war, congressman, senator and two-time presidential candidate died of brain cancer last Saturday at his home in Arizona.

Earlier this summer, McCain issued a blistering statement criticizing Trump's meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Speaking to reporters after writing in a book of condolences, U.S. Ambassador Daniel Kritenbrink said McCain was "a great leader and real hero" who helped normalize relations between the former enemies.

Short said he personally considers McCain "an American hero who served our country nobly".

Larry Hogan has ordered flags lowered to half-staff to honor U.S. Sen.

But Hill ended up securing the position, and once an ambassador, he became friends with McCain, hosting him on several trips to the Middle East.

"He, to me, represents the best of the U.S. Senate", said Democratic Senator Ben Cardin.

"Late Saturday afternoon, we joined the rest of the country in mourning the death of Sen".

McCain's family is reported to have said they do not want President Trump to attend.

Tributes also came in from world leaders, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel, British Prime Minister Theresa May and French President Emmanuel Macron.

"He is a decent person, and a person you don't have to be scared (about) as president of the United States", McCain said in the first case.

MacKay recalls one time in recent years visiting McCain at his office in Arizona. John McCain's service and he will lie in state in both the nation's capital and Arizona as part of a cross-country funeral procession ending with his burial at the U.S. Naval Academy, according to plans taking shape Sunday. "If only we remember that and give each other the benefit of the presumption that we all love our country, we'll get through these challenging times".

Fellow Democratic Senator Chris Murphy praised McCain's "life, leadership and patriotism" and said America was lucky to have him as an inspiration.

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