Donald Trump has finally issued a statement granting the requests of Sen. John McCain and his family upon his death.
I’ll admit, my bar for Donald Trump to clear when it comes to saying anything nice about someone he’s long had a feud with is pretty darn low. While the leaks out of the White House about what Trump has said privately since Sen. John McCain’s death haven’t been encouraging, — and the flag noticeably remains at full mast — publicly the president has done the least one could hope from a man known for his pettiness.
Upon McCain’s passing, Pres. Trump tweeted out the barest of condolences, but at least he did it. (Remember, low bar). After dodging questions from reporters about McCain’s passing, Trump released a statement remarking on McCain’s long service to his country — after prefacing it by reminding everyone he didn’t like the man — and that he had authorized requests from the McCain family.
I’m not going to say the statement is a great one. Trump and McCain notoriously didn’t like each other. Sen. McCain made clear his wish that Donald Trump not attend his funeral. At the very least, Trump is honoring that and sending representatives from his administration instead.
While John McCain having a military procession for his funeral was something he has long deserved and as galling as it is to see Donald “Bone Spurs” Trump granting the military transport from Arizona, horse and caisson transport in Washington, D.C. with military pallbearers and band, — and flags will finally be ordered to half-mast — at least he did it. And sometimes you look at a petty, envious little man with power and grit your teeth and feel relief that he finally did the right thing.