US Senator John McCain dies at age of 81

John McCain, a senior Republican Senator from Arizona for over 30 years, had run for the President in 2008 unsuccessfully and also a former prisoner of war in Vietnam passed away after battling a severe brain cancer, glioblastoma ever since it was discovered in July 2017.

McCain had passed away with his wife and daughter at his side at 4:28pm on August 25, 2018 as per a statement issued by his office. No other details were mentioned. McCain had become a staunch critic of President Trump.

McCain had made it big since 1960s when he was serving as a naval aviator and was shot by Vietnam and held as a prisoner of war for 5 years by Vietnam. He won the Republican Party nomination for President in 2008 when he lost to President Obama.

Political experts have stated that McCain was a people’s man and will always be remembered for his personal qualities in addition to his ideology and partisanship. Condolences are pouring in from both the Republicans and Democrats.

His time at the Senate had labelled him as a foreign policy hawk having a traditional Republican approach. He was a true supporter of Israel and had strongly condemned UNSC resolution passed against Israel’s illegal settlement in West Bank, as a shameful decision in the anti-Israel history of UN. He had, however, not openly voiced his support for President Trump’s decision to declare Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Despite his personal belief that Jerusalem was the true capital of Israel, he also believed that the issue about the permanent status of Jerusalem should be ultimately solved by Israelis and Palestinians as an internationally supported peace process. He had also been highly critical of Iran Nuclear Deal and was a staunch opponent of Iran.

McCain was also the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee and had been highly critical about Trump’s misplaced praises for President Putin. He denounced Trump’s Helsinki Summit with President Putin and issued a statement saying, “Helsinki was one of the most disgraceful performances by an American president in memory. Trump was not only unable but unwilling to stand up to Putin”.

McCain was never supportive of Trump’s bill to repeal Obama healthcare law. He was also critical of Trump’s critique about free press and rule of law.

 

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