Trump arrives at golf course as McCain funeral under way

Trump walks to a motorcade to travel to the Trump National Golf Club from the White House.
Trump walks to a motorcade to travel to the Trump National Golf Club from the White House.PHOTO: AFP

WASHINGTON (AFP) - US President Donald Trump on Saturday (Sept 1) went to one of his golf courses as the final public ceremony honouring late US senator John McCain was under way in Washington.

The President's motorcade arrived at Trump National Golf Club in Loudoun County, Virginia, around 11.16am (11.16pm Singapore time) while eulogies to McCain were being delivered at his funeral at Washington's National Cathedral.

Earlier, McCain's daughter Meghan had delivered a tearful address which pointedly took aim at the President's campaign slogan.

"The America of John McCain has no need to be made great again because America was always great," she said, to applause from an audience that included Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, the President's daughter and son-in-law.

Trump, meanwhile, was seen wearing a "Make America Great Again" cap on Saturday morning.

McCain was one of Trump's sharpest critics, and made clear in one of his final wishes as he struggled with brain cancer that he did not want the president to attend his funeral.

Trump waited several days after McCain's death to praise him directly and belatedly lowered flags to half-staff across the country only after bowing to pressure.

 

The roots of their feud go back to when Trump announced his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination in June 2015, suggesting that many Mexican immigrants were criminals and "rapists."

McCain denounced him for using language that "fired up the crazies," while Trump said McCain was a "dummy" who had barely managed to graduate from the US Naval Academy.

He went on to attack McCain's service in the military, saying of the onetime prisoner of war: "I like people that weren't captured."