Since McCain died after the deadline to file for this November's election, most close observers have concluded that the new senator will not face voters until the 2020 general election.

It was reported that McCain did not want Trump to be invited to his funeral, and when it was announced that McCain was discontinuing his medical treatment for cancer this week, Trump did not comment.

In addition to Meghan, Senator McCain also leaves behind four other children and many grandchildren. "Our hearts and prayers are with you!" he added.

Domestic politics is often said to stop at the water's edge: that is, while overseas, politicians don't criticise the governments or leaders of their home countries. "And I've lost one of my dearest friends and mentor". "I'm going to continue to serve as governor as long as the voters will let me", he said.

Last year, Sen. McCain, Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, came out in opposition to Trump's proposed transgender military ban, saying in a statement, "There is no reason to force service members who are able to fight, train, and deploy to leave the military - regardless of their gender identity".

After two terms, McCain ascended to the U.S. Senate in 1987, replacing Republican U.S. Sen.

"It's been quite a ride", McCain, who was tortured during five years as a prisoner of war in Vietnam, wrote in a memoir published earlier this year. "He was a great fire who burned bright, and we lived in his light and warmth for so very long", McCain continued. "My father is gone, and I miss him as only an adoring daughter can".

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"As young pilots in SERE (Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape School) we learned what John McCain endured. Thank you Senator McCain for your service to the nation".

McCain was the Republican Party's nominee for president in 2008. McCain, who passed away on Saturday, was a vocal critic of current US President and both have traded barbs publicly in spite of being in the same party. Because of his injuries, McCain was permanently unable to raise his arms over his head.

Although he had been diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer, McCain returned to the Senate to vote on healthcare legislation on July 25, 2017, delivering a critical vote that prevented the repeal of Obamacare.

McCain was born on August 29, 1936, at an American naval installation in the Panama Canal Zone - U.S. territory at the time - when his father was stationed there. "I have lost a wonderful friend".

The flags at the Arizona Capitol were lowered to half staff in McCain's honor Saturday evening.

John McCain once slammed Donald Trump as being an inauthentic, "reality show facsimile" of a politician who cared more about himself than anything else. State law does not require that an election for a vacant Senate seat take place this year, says Eric Spencer, director of election services for the Arizona Secretary of State.

Asked how he wanted to be remembered, McCain said: "That I made a major contribution to the defence of the nation".