Friends of Sen. John McCain have said the ailing Arizona Republican does not want President Trump to attend his funeral. Sen. Orrin Hatch says McCain should reconsider that request.
McCain has made it known he would prefer Vice President Mike Pence attend his funeral instead of Trump who has mocked the former GOP presidential nominee several times.
Politico reports Sen. Orrin Hatch says McCain’s wishes should be honored, but “it’s ridiculous” that McCain wants to keep Trump away.
“Well, he’s the president of the United States and he’s a very good man. But it’s up to [McCain]. I think John should have his own wishes fulfilled with regard to who attends the funeral,” said the Utah senator. Asked whether McCain should change his mind about Trump, Hatch said: “I would.”
Hatch said he does not expect McCain, who is battling brain cancer, to return to the Senate.
“That’s what I’ve been told,” said Hatch, who is 84 and retiring after this year. “I don’t know. I hope he does, I hope he can.”