Meghan McCain takes jab at Trump during father's eulogy

Trump may not have been invited to Sen. John McCain's service at the National Cathedral but his daughter Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner attended

Two ex-presidents from opposing parties united Saturday in homage to late senator and American patriot John McCain, in a momentous farewell ceremony that also rebuked the politics of toxicity and division trafficked by Donald Trump.

"So much of our politics, our public life, our public discourse can seem small and mean and petty, tracking in bombast and insult and phony controversies and manufactured outrage", Mr Obama said in another not-so-veiled nod to Mr Trump. "Now, in fact, John was a pretty conservative guy... but he did understand that some principles transcend politics, that some values transcend party".

"John called on us to be bigger than that", Obama said.

"We are better than this, America is better than this", Bush lamented.

The late senator's longtime friend, former Sen.

Obama said they "saw our political battles, even, as a privilege, something noble, an opportunity to serve as stewards of those high ideals at home, and to advance them around the world".

"We gather here to mourn the passing of American greatness", McCain began.

McCain's daughter delivered a tearful but forceful tribute to her father, who she said told her to "show them how tough you are" with her eulogy.

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She was accompanied by Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and John Kelly, a retired Marine Corps general who's President Donald Trump's chief of staff. On Friday, the senator lay in state in the US Capitol, the 31st person to be given the rare honor. His flag-draped casket was escorted by military body bearers up the cathedral steps under gray skies.

The service at Washington National Cathedral is one of several events honoring McCain's life this week.

McCain died due to glioblastoma (an aggressive brain form of brain cancer) on August 25 at age 81. During the speech, Obama referred to the maverick senator as an "extraordinary man" who was able to transcend party for the betterment of a nation. "My father was a great man, he was a great warrior, he was great American". Vice President Mike Pence was expected to attend, according to officials.

When she was just 19 years old, Roberta eloped with 20-year-old Ensign Jack McCain in Tijuana, beginning her life as a Navy wife.

McCain's family had made clear that Trump was not welcome at memorial services in Arizona and Washington or at Sunday's private burial service.

Trump famously declared in 2015 that McCain, a Vietnam War veteran and prisoner of war from 1967 to 1973, "was a war hero just because he was captured".

Despite their long political history, Bush and McCain were cordial. "And we never doubted the other man's sincerity or the other man's patriotism".

"John would be the first to tell you he was not a flawless man, but he dedicated his life to national ideals that are as flawless as men and women have as yet conceived". But after eight years of Bush, he could not overcome Barack Obama's campaign based on change.

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