Hatch apologizes to McCain for saying it was ‘ridiculous’ not to invite Trump to his funeral

Just one day after saying it was “ridiculous” that Sen. John McCain did not want President Trump at his funeral, Sen. Orrin Hatch has apologized. 

The Washington Post reports that Hatch backtracked after McCain’s daughter, Meghan, slammed Hatch on her television show.

“I’d like everybody to take a collective breath and chill out on my dad for a second — especially Orrin Hatch,” Meghan McCain said Tuesday, speaking on ABC’s “The View,” a program she co-hosts.


“I agree with the daughter,” a remorseful Hatch told The Washington Post on Tuesday. “I shouldn’t have said anything yesterday. I agree a hundred percent with her.”


Hatch also sent a letter to McCain apologizing for his comment and for suggesting that McCain would not return to the Senate, according to a person familiar with its contents. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe a private exchange.

Reports surfaced over the weekend that McCain’s family informed the White House they wanted Vice President Mike Pence to attend his funeral, but not Trump. Trump previously mocked McCain for being a prisoner of war during the Vietnam conflict.