U.S. President Donald Trump slammed the plans of the White House to publish the official statement on the death of Senator John McCain, where his heroism and deeds are highly praised, the Washington Post wrote.
'Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Chief of Staff John F. Kelly and other White House aides advocated for an official statement that gave the decorated Vietnam War POW plaudits for his military and Senate service and called him a “hero,” according to current and former White House aides, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive internal deliberations. The original statement was drafted before McCain died Saturday, and Sanders and others edited a final version this weekend that was ready for the president, the aides said. But Trump told aides he wanted to post a brief tweet instead, and the statement praising McCain’s life was not released', the article reads.
'My deepest sympathies and respect go out to the family of Senator John McCain. Our hearts and prayers are with you!', Trump's tweet reads.
Sanders refused to comment on the situation. Mark Corallo, the Republican and the ex-worker of Trump's lawyers' team fiercely criticized his action. 'At a time like this, you would expect more of an American president when you’re talking about the passing of a true American hero', he said, commenting on this situation.
Unlike his predecessors Barak Obama and Geroge Bush, Jr., Trump was not invited to the funeral.