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Meghan McCain Directs Eulogy Message At Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) - UPDATED: 10:40 a.m. The Latest on the late Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. (all times local):
    
Meghan McCain eulogized her father's death as "the passing of American greatness," directing her message squarely at President Donald Trump and encouraging others to live up to her father's example.
    
Her tearful, impassioned tribute opened the memorial service for John McCain at Washington National Cathedral. It set a tone echoing her father's own passion.
    
She said they "gather here to mourn the passing of American greatness - the real thing, not cheap rhetoric from men who will never come near the sacrifice he gave so willingly, nor the opportunistic appropriation of those who lived lives of comfort and privilege while he suffered and served."
    
She said to applause, "The America of John McCain has no need to be made great again because America was always great."
    


    
10:15 a.m.
    
Among the current and foreign leaders and officials on the guest list for John McCain's memorial service are about a dozen from former Soviet states, particularly Ukraine and Georgia.
    
Both countries have high regard for the late Arizona senator who supported their efforts in recent years to stand up to Russian aggression.
    
On the list provided by funeral organizers are the current president of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko (por-oh-SHEHN'-koh), and the former president of Georgia, Mikhail Saakashvili (sah-kahsh-VIH'-leh).
    
The list also includes current and former leaders from the three Baltic states - former Soviet republics that are now members of NATO.
    
As one of his pallbearers McCain chose a Russian opposition figure, Vladimir Kara-Murza, who like McCain is a sharp critic of the Kremlin.
    
Kara-Murza has been poisoned twice in recent years, and he's expressed his gratitude to McCain for calling attention to his case.
    



9:58 a.m.
    
President Donald Trump is tweeting out a series of long-standing grievances as an elite political crowd gathers for Sen. John McCain's memorial service.
    
Trump wasn't invited to the service at Washington National Cathedral, where former Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama will be among those paying tribute.
    
From the White House, Trump has been tweeting complaints about the news media, Canada and the Justice Department. Many of Trump's tweets included quotes, possibly from the news coverage he had been watching.
    
Just before McCain's service was set to start, Trump tweeted about the "Fake Dossier, attributing a quote to Dan Bongino, who frequently appears on Fox News.
    
The president's daughter, Ivanka Trump, and her husband Jared Kushner, both senior White House aides, are in attendance at the cathedral, as are a number of members of the administration.
    



9:50 a.m.
    
Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump are among the guests at John McCain's memorial service at the Washington National Cathedral.
    
The daughter and son-in-law of President Donald Trump are among the highest-ranking White House officials attending the service. McCain's family has made it clear that the president, who routinely criticized the Arizona senator and his military record, wasn't invited to this or other services this week.
    
Kushner and Ivanka Trump could be seen greeting other guests inside the cathedral, including McCain's close friend, South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham.
    
Graham has called Trump's handling of the events around McCain's death "disturbing."
    
The administration had lowered the American flag at the White House to half-staff upon McCain's death Saturday, but then raised it by Monday. After public outcry, the White House flags were again lowered.


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