US President Donald Trump offered his condolences to the family of US Senator John McCain after his death on Saturday.
"My deepest sympathies and respect go out to the family of Senator John McCain," Trump said on Twitter. "Our hearts and prayers are with you!"
McCain died on Saturday afternoon, one day after his family announced he would be discontinuing his brain cancer treatment.
My deepest sympathies and respect go out to the family of Senator John McCain. Our hearts and prayers are with you!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 26, 2018
Trump also posted about McCain's death on his Instagram page – in a fashion that drew near-immediate condemnation.
Trump has 9.7 million followers on Instagram, but rarely posts to the platform, and the majority of his posts are pictures of himself with quotes.
Trump has been criticised for his feud with McCain, which started after he underplayed the senator's renowned military service during the 2016 presidential campaign. McCain, who served in the Vietnam War, spent six years as a prisoner of war.
"He is a war hero because he was captured," Trump said in 2015. "I like people that weren't captured, OK? I hate to tell you."
Two weeks ago Trump signed the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act, which had been named in McCain's honour. During the signing ceremony, Trump name-checked several Republicans in Congress who had worked on the bill, but he omitted the bill's namesake, referring to the legislation as "the national defense authorization act."
McCain inveighed against Trump over the latter's meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki. "No prior president has ever abased himself more abjectly before a tyrant," McCain said after the summit.
McCain reportedly disinvited to Trump to his funeral, but encouraged former presidents to attend.
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