The Washington National Cathedral on Thursday disputed President Trump’s claim that he had to “approve” the funeral of the late Sen. John McCain (R) after Trump said he did not receive a “thank you” for approving a nice funeral for the late Arizona senator.
“Washington National Cathedral was honored to host the funeral service for Senator John McCain,” a cathedral spokesperson said in a statement to The Hill on Thursday. “All funerals and memorial services at the Cathedral are organized by the family of the deceased; only a state funeral for a former president involves consultation with government officials.”
“No funeral at the Cathedral requires the approval of the president or any other government official,” he added.
McCain’s funeral was held at the Washington National Cathedral in September.
Trump on Wednesday claimed that he gave McCain “the kind of funeral that he wanted.”
“I gave him the kind of funeral that he wanted, which as president, I had to approve,” he told a crowd at a campaign-style speech in Ohio. “I don’t care about this, I didn’t get ‘thank you’ that’s OK. We sent him on the way, but I wasn’t a fan of John McCain.”
President Trump on John McCain: "I gave him the kind of funeral that he wanted, which as president I had to approve. I don't care about this. I didn’t get thank you. That's ok. We sent him on the way, but I wasn't a fan of John McCain." pic.twitter.com/hG4XwOiIBO
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