Ivanka Trump came forth on Monday to claim that the U.S. is “united in its grief” following the passing of the late Republican Senator John McCain, boasting him as a “true hero” even as President Trump continues to all but ignore the Senate legend’s passing.
“As we gather here today, I want to extend my deepest sympathies to the family of Senator John McCain, an American patriot who served our country with distinction for more than six decades,” Ivanka Trump, the daughter of the president and a White House adviser, said at a meeting of the Organization of American States in Washington, D.C.
“The nation is united in its grief, and the world mourns the loss of a true hero and a great statesman,” she continued.
Ivanka Trump’s remarks stand to oppose her father, who refused to answer shouted questions about McCain on several occasions on Monday.
The president later issued his statement on McCain’s death an hour after his daughter had spoken.
Flags at the White House were heightened to full staff on early Monday after being lowered less than 48 hours after the senator’s death. The flag tends to stay reduced to honor lawmakers and significant public figures until they are properly put to rest.
Flags at the U.S. Capitol had remained respectfully at half-staff on Monday, and several Republicans have since called upon Trump to lower the White House flags once again.
McCain passed away Saturday at age 81 after a battle with an aggressive form of brain cancer. Even after his diagnosis, he often spoke up against President Trump’s marking himself one of his most outspoken critics in the GOP.
Ivanka Trump: "I want to extend my deepest sympathies to the family of Sen. John McCain, an American patriot who served our country with distinction for more than six decades. The nation is united in its grief and the world mourns the loss of a true hero." https://t.co/1npRm0V1Ry pic.twitter.com/nzUrBCTu7H
— ABC News (@ABC) August 27, 2018
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